Got, Not Not !
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your Heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
Matthew 6:31-33 (NKJV)
When Christians look at the world today we see all kinds of problems. Some may seem fixable with a little give and take or some understanding. Others seem impossible to resolve and we can only pray for the return of Jesus Christ as the only real answer to the problem.
Sometimes Christians can come across as very negative and too focused on all the problems, so we need to be careful. The message we have is not one of gloom and doom, but of a different and glorious future for humanity. So it’s good for us to think about what we have got, not what we have not!
If we have enough to eat and drink each day, isn’t that a blessing to rejoice over, because many in this world do not? If we have a choice of clothes, shoes, coats and handbags to use each day, isn’t that also a blessing to rejoice over, for many have not? If we have a nice house, a car, a job and the freedom to enjoy them, isn’t that a blessing to rejoice over, as many do not have these things? If we have light at the flick of a switch, clean water at the turn of a tap, and a good heating system, isn’t that also a blessing to rejoice over, for many do not have those things either.
If we are in good health that’s a blessing, but if we are not, what a blessing we have in the UK with the National Health Service. We should rejoice because many have poor health and no access to the medical care we take for granted. How much do we take for granted our comfortable lifestyles and all the possessions we have, forgetting where it all comes from?
In an agricultural society it’s much easier to see the direct link between all these blessings and God. But in the western world we have become divorced from the land. Some young people think food of all types just comes from their local supermarket, rather than having to be grown or reared for their benefit.
As the scripture above shows, it is God who provides all our blessings today whether we realize that or not. Perhaps it would be a good idea to take a week, a fortnight or a month and focus, not on all the problems around us, but on all the blessings we enjoy from God and can all too easily take for granted.
Let’s finish with two scriptures which remind us of our need to place everything before God in a thankful attitude and also to be content with what we have: Philippians 4:6 tells us, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” And Hebrews 13:5 tells us, “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’”
Our loving Father, forgive us when we take our blessings for granted. Help us to have a right attitude of thankfulness and appreciation for all that we have. Help us not to constantly focus on all the things we have not got, or the troubles of this world which we, as individuals cannot solve. Help us to share the joy you give us with others.
Study by Keith Hartrick
Grace Communion – Leeds
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