“But be sure to fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you.” 1 Samuel 12:24
We owe our very existence to God, who “made the heavens by his mighty word and the starry host by his breath.” (Psalm 33:6). He created the universe, and he keeps it going. The maintenance involved with our possessions lets us know we cannot compete. He keeps the entire planet in good working order! By God’s power, the sun rises and sets each day, the seasons come and go, and the planets stay in their orbits. We must be sure to fear Him and serve God faithfully with all our hearts. He’s wonderful.
Consider his innumerable love manifested daily! Health, strength, family, friends, clothing, food, homes, transportation, schools, jobs, teachers, a government, soundness of mind, to list a few. These gifts from God are more apparent in the United States than anywhere in the world. Most American lifestyles are unimaginable in most of the world. Yet, even when we consider all this, our gratitude is lacking while we protect our blessings. We must give God the thanks he deserves. I mean before we become like Job having nothing left. We have high expectations daily. God expects something daily also. Trust in him, fear and revere him faithfully serving with all our hearts.
When we have plenty, we always find something to worry or complain about. We need to be content. Everyone wants something more, better, or different. If we start giving, God will open the windows of heaven and pour out blessings we won’t have room enough to receive. I know! Giving opens that window. Trusting God has worked for many years. I always give. My blessings overtake me causing me to give again and again. Anyone who frets about every penny and convinces himself that all things depend on him rather than confidently trusting in the Lord to provide slows down his own blessings. We don’t deserve any of the good things that God gives to us. In fact, if God gave each of us what we deserve, all human beings would get the same thing, an eternity in hell. “Fear the Lord and lovingly serve Him” then you will live well, get well and be fed.
Praise God! He is merciful, compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. With great mercy, he sent Jesus to the cross. Regenerate your life with faith in Him. Jesus did not deserve punishment, but worshipers of love instead! An ultimate gift of God (salvation) deserves thanks and praise to the Lord every day. In good times and in bad, we can be content because, unlike worldly blessings, the blessing of salvation is for eternity. He scatters his gifts richly adorned and broadcasts among multitudes, but his good things are merely seasonal, but his grace is an inheritance that lasts forever.
Keep looking up, ever going forward, living by faith.