As humans, we often focus on the things we don’t have versus the things we do have. The world tells us that we can have it all and that we deserve it all. However, God intended for us to desire Him and not the things of this world.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21.
In fact, no matter how much we accumulate here on earth, none of it will come with us when we die. We find so much more joy and contentment when we turn our hearts to be grateful for the things God has already given us.
Giving Thanks to God for Everything
Often, the challenge for us is being grateful for God’s provision when it is not what we expect. He provides us with exactly what we need and His provision is enough.
The Lord spoke to Moses, “I have heard the complaints of the Israelites. Tell them: At twilight, you will eat meat, and in the morning you will eat bread until you are full. Then you will know that I am Yahweh your God.” Exodus 16:11-12.
The Israelites hearts were ungrateful. However, in God’s faithfulness, He heard the cries of the Israelites and provided them with what they needed.
When they measured it by quarts, the person who gathered a lot had no surplus, and the person who gathered a little had no shortage. Each gathered as much as he needed to eat. Moses said to them, “No one is to let any of it remain until the morning.” But they didn’t listen to Moses; some people left part of it until morning, and it bred worms and smelled.” Exodus 16:18-20.
God was looking out for the Israelites. His provision was sufficient for the Israelites, yet they failed to enjoy it because of their distrust. Like the Israelites, we often fail to trust that God’s provision is sufficient.
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God is always looking out for us whether we recognize or appreciate it. Give Him thanks and praise for giving you exactly what you need when you need it.
Be Content With What You Have
One of the life-changing things I noticed when I spent time in Malawi, Africa was that the people, who live in extreme poverty, were so joyful for what they had. They trust in God’s provision and are content with what He has provided them.
“I assure you: Anything you ask the Father in My name, He will give you. Until now you have asked for nothing in My name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.” John 16:23-24.
Being grateful for God’s provision allows you to be grateful and happy with what you already have and not wanting more or what other people have. Quit complaining about what God hasn’t given you, and seek to know more of Him and the abundant gifts he has already blessed you with. Let His blessings fulfill your every need and desire.