Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Psalm 34:8 – Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed
is the one who takes refuge in him. (NIV 2011)
A country church
in our area has one of those signs which gets changed periodically. Some
time ago, it displayed this saying: "Count your blessings, not your
troubles." I thought that statement was a really good message. It made
me think about my blessings, and I hope that others who saw it would as
well. We are so prone to dwell on the things which are bothering us that we
are not even aware of the blessings that we have experienced or are
experiencing right now. From a strictly human point of view, the blessings
seem to be hidden from us. They seem to be covered by the mundane things in
Everyone's life has its ups and downs. We may not be
happy with what is happening, but we grudgingly accept it. As one of my
grandsons quite often says when things don't go according to plan,
"It is what it is", and we cope the best that we can. Sometimes,
really good things happen to us, and we just take it for granted.
While I was thinking about this, our water bill for two months came in. I
was shocked by the amount for several reasons. There are just the two of us
living in our house. We are very frugal when it comes to consuming water.
It has been a wet summer here in southern Ontario, Canada, and we have not
needed to water our garden or flower beds. Yet our bill was, in our opinion
at least, extremely high, and I fretted about that.
evening, watching the news, we saw that there are in excess of 275,000
people in Yemen who have cholera, and 5,000 new cases are expected each
day, mainly because their water is contaminated. I woke up in the middle of
the night, thinking about this, and I was ashamed that I had complained
about the cost of our clean, unlimited supply of fresh, potable water. I
had failed to see that blessing, which was hidden in the size of the
There are times in our lives when we just can't see
the blessings that we are experiencing, and it is at times like that when
we need the power of faith in God to realize how blessed we really are.
Ephesians 5:19b-20 – Sing and make music from your
heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything,
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (NIV 2011)
being aware of God's blessings has always been and is still important,
right here, right now.
If we are unhappy about some things in
our lives, let's make sure that we don't miss the blessings that we
Prayer: Our Father in heaven, we ask that
when we worry, when the problems of the world overshadow us, You will make
us aware of the blessings that we do receive from You. We ask it in
Jesus' name. Amen.
Joel Jongkind <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Meaford, Ontario, Canada
for Today: Without God, our week would be Sinday, Mournday, Tearsday, Wasteday, Thirstday, Fightday, and Shatterday.
for Today: Matthew 9:13 – But go and learn what this means: I desire mercy, not sacrifice. For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners. (NIV)
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