Take a Moment to Appreciate

May 26, 2016


Take a Moment to Appreciate

Romans 1:21

Because that, when they knew God, they glorified [him] not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 

We have one day a year we set aside to be thankful and acknowledge God’s goodness, but our thankfulness and appreciation of God should be a daily continual occurrence.   When we fail to acknowledge Him in all of our ways, our ways begin to become perverted and distorted.  In America we live with such abundance and blessing that we take so much for granted.   Our level of expectation is very high and we often complain or are discontent when it is not met.   We most likely don’t really want to view the conditions and lifestyle of third world countries.  Maybe somehow we feel we are more deserving of the wealth and abundance that we enjoy because we are a “Christian” nation.  It is evident that we richly enjoy God’s blessing and bountiful provisions, but it is becoming continually more evident that many have failed to see and acknowledge where those blessing have come from.  More and more there is pressure and movement to rid godly influence from education, government and the public in general.  Many are failing to acknowledge and appreciate that we are great for one reason only, because God’s blessing and goodness alone has made us great.  

Our scripture today points to a passage that tells about humanity when they fail to recognize, appreciate and acknowledge the Lord in all of their ways.  They follow after their vain imaginations and their foolish hearts become darkened.  They embrace homosexuality, idolatry, fornication and all manner of perverse things.  Is that what we are becoming today as a nation and as a people?  

It is so important that we do acknowledge the Lord in all of our ways and that we maintain a continual attitude of humility and thankfulness toward the Lord.  What the Lord has given He can take away.  We have what we have because of the godly heritage that established this country and did acknowledge the Lord in its founding.  The Lord must always be the foundation of all that we do and of all of our ways.  Without Him all is lost.

Let us be mindful to not become so busy and full of ourselves that we forget the great and awesome God that has provided all that we enjoy and so often take for granted.  If we acknowledge and appreciate the Lord in all of our ways He will direct our path and keep it from perversion and corruption.  Take time and with great frequency, acknowledge and appreciate the Lord, for He is so worthy and deserving of all our praise and thanksgiving.

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).



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