Deuteronomy 32:15 “But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.”
It is amazing to what we can grow accustomed.
When having to scrape, and scrimp, and save; we come to the place where we can afford some of the the finer things and we take on a different attitude and perspective. If we are not careful, they will begin to define who we are..
It wasn’t too long ago, that the inventions and technology that are common to us today, weren’t even in place. The first home air conditioner was invented in 1902. 1933 saw the first air conditioning system installed for automobiles. Many of the household items we use today, weren’t available not too long ago.
When was the last time we got into our car and thanked God for the ease at which we can move about?
Look around in your local restaurant. How many bowed their head to give God thanks for the meal they are about to eat? How many families will dig into a meal leaving off any prayer of thanks to God for providing it?
Have we bowed our head to thank God for running water or a flush toilet? What of street lamps, sewer systems and the local grocery store? To be honest, I have had to confess many a time for my ingratitude.
I have come to realize the great hand of my God has provided for far more to me than those things for which I give Him thanks.
When I walk into my workplace, I say a quick, but thoughtful prayer of thanks for the job He has allowed me to have these now 32 years. What of our health, our spouse, our children, our home, our church, pastor, country and it’s leaders?
But closer to the text of today – when was the last time we thanked God for our salvation? I am not talking about a one line prayer saying “Thank you for saving my soul”. I am talking more along the lines of a period of time set aside to praise God for the suffering that Jesus went through on my behalf.
To think of what God the Father provided to bring redemption to us; what it cost Him…
Offering up His only begotten Son to be the payment for our salvation must have taken a love far greater and much deeper than I could ever know. To meditate on the price paid and what I am truly going to miss because of Christ’s payment is truly humbling.
Psalm 86:12-13 “I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore. For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.”
It is very easy to become spoiled with the gifts, blessings, mercy, love, and grace we have been shown. I do not want to ever find myself in the position where I have taken what God has given for granted. His Word tells me that it angers Him.
Deuteronomy 32:18 “Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee.”
The nation God had chosen to be His own, esteemed Him lightly, forgot the very deliverance He provided and because of their wicked behavior, they provoked His anger.
Deuteronomy 32:21-22 “They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation. For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.”
I do not know what the lowest hell would feel like, but I know that I am grateful and thankful that I am not going there! I want to purpose to thank my God more often than I do for missing the most extreme punishment for my ingratitude.
But is also motivates me to tell others of His marvelous salvation so they will not have to face the Father’s wrath upon them for not receiving the most wonderful gift ever given to mankind – salvation through Jesus Christ.
Take a portion of this day and get away long enough to be quiet and tell God just how grateful you are for what He has provided. Then, we can begin to make it a more frequent practice and not be found to be spoiled and ungrateful for being daily loaded with benefits.