...nor gave thanks to him...
Thoughts for Today:This morning as I am writing this devotion, I hear my daughter and my wife in the kitchen (near my office) sitting down to eat a breakfast of oatmeal -- before they start Sherry asks Amanda, "Do you want to pray or shall I?" You see in our family we don't miss an opportunity to thank God for what we have -- even if it is oatmeal which Amanda doesn't particularly care for.
I met a friend for lunch yesterday. When the meal was served we paused for a minute of prayer as we gave thanks to God for the meal, our lives, and the time He gave us to spend together -- short, sweet and to the point. So what's the point? For my friend and I (including Sherry and Amanda) it's pretty simple: God has given us everything and it is to Him we offer praise and thanksgiving. A waitress, who was not our own, stopped by our table. She said, "I just wanted to thank you for praying, I just don't see people doing that anymore."
Isn't it a sad commentary on our country when we are so over-fed, filled, and content -- we don't find it necessary to say, "Thanks!" to God anymore -- that it is the exception not the rule when people pause for a moment before a meal to offer thanks to God?
Questions to Ponder:When was the last time you thanked God for what He has given you? Your health, spouse, home/shelter, country we live in, children, food to eat, police, fire department, freedom to worship, etc -- the list goes on and on. The problem I see with people in this country is just the opposite of appreciation: A marked lack of gratitude. Perhaps it is because I've done a lot traveled a lot internationally, but I am so grateful to God for how He chose to bless me with the life He gave me -- and I thank Him for it at every opportunity. How blessed are you? Count the ways. Have you thanked God?