In the world but not of it

December 3, 2009

Every good thing…

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I said to the LORD, “You are my Master! Every good thing I
have comes from you.” Psalms 16:2

From the womb where we were fearfully and wonderfully made
to the fact that every day of our lives has already been accounted for, the
Bible tells us that we are here because of Him. Acknowledging that every good
thing comes from the Lord does not negate my responsibility to act, work or use
the talents and gifts He has also given.

In fact, let’s take a step back for a moment. Our tendency
is to think of “every good thing” as those items in our life that we own or
have rights to, i.e. home, car, income, job etc…

There are larger considerations however. It starts with the
air we breathe. When is the last time we thanked the Lord for simply being able
to breathe…God, the LORD, created the
heavens and stretched them out. He created the earth and everything in it. He
gives breath to everyone, life to everyone who walks the earth. Isaiah 42:5

How about the ability to taste…taste and see that the LORD is good. Psalms 34:8

You get the picture. As a friend once told me, gratitude is
an attitude. Take inventory of the multitude of blessings in your life. It is
shameful that we have come to a place in our lives and in society where we
measure God’s faithful by the materialism we experience. God has become a
currency rather than the Creator for many.

People call Jesus their Lord and Savior. He is, of course,
their Savior but to be their Lord is an entirely different mandate. It suggests
a complete surrender. A surrender of our wills, our dreams, our hopes and our
every being into the Hands of a loving Father who can take all that and shape
it.

Every good thing…

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