My husband often uses the term, that he is ”Blessed and Highly Favored”, in reference to his work and income, which because he is self-employed and is in the service industry, can vary greatly day by day. Many times when our income does not stretch to meet our outgoings, he and I question what, if anything, we are doing wrong – (we tithe on every cent of income we receive and help in other ways whenever we can), when we are challenged by really low-income and it takes strength to dismiss the negative thoughts and bring ourselves back to ‘just being thankful’ for what we do have, and not what we think we should have, or need.
Stirrings of discontent, or fear, or envy are not of God – His presence and blessing in our lives gives us contentment; strength to overcome and face whatever challenges us and additionally, causes us to be thankful for what we have – however modest our material wealth might be. 95% of the population of the world are poorer than our poorest here in Canada. So – would you rather be who you are with what you have – or would you rather be one of the 95% who have far less – some do not have a home – have little or no income, having to beg for their daily needs, some are traumatized every day by conflicts within their country and they do not feel safe at any time of the day or night. Is that how you would prefer to live?
God can and does give us true peace within, when we accept Him and His Holy Spirit into our hearts. He accepts us just as we are and chooses to bless us anyway, with all our daily needs.
Colossians 1:21-23 And you, who once were alientated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight – if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven….. (NKJV)
Pray: Father God, help us to recognize our blessings and to be thankful for each and every need you fill. Keep us from harboring resentments that are grown from thoughts of what we think we need, when in reality they are just “wants” – which never bring lasting satisfaction even when we get them. You, and only can fill the emptiness inside that we feel needs to be satisfied with more material ‘stuff’. Amen.
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