Then come, let us go up to Bethel, where I will build an altar to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and who has been with me wherever I have gone.” Genesis 35:3 (NIV)
Do you have a short memory? Do you quickly forget what I have done for you? Do you easily move on and take for granted all that you have received from me? Do you live with the constant awareness that I have richly blessed your life? Is your heart and mind filled with thanks and praise that you would like to offer to me? Those are all good questions. I need to stop and take time to consider my answer to every one. I’m sure that I fall far short of giving you all the thanks and praise that you so richly deserve. I know that I often loose sight of all that you have done for me. Yes, I have taken your blessings for granted. My heart is not always filled with thanks and praise to you for all that you have done for me. Forgive me. You are forgiven.
Why do you think that I am asking you these questions? Do you think I really need all your thanks and praise? Is it me that is missing out on something when you don’t offer me all your thanks and praise? What do you miss out on when you don’t stop to remember and give thanks and praise to me for all that I have done in your life? I’m not sure. How is it even possible that you can forget to thank and praise me for all that I have done and am doing in your life? I don’t thank and praise you when I am distracted by life. Exactly. In my busyness I often don’t even notice all the different ways that you are hearing and answering my prayers and blessing my life. That’s true. It’s like I’m blind to what you are doing in and through my life. That’s not good. I can see that now. So, what are you missing out on when you are failing to give me thanks and praise? I am missing out on the consciousness of your presence. Yes, you are. The amount of thanks and praise that I am offering to you is like a barometer of the intimacy of our relationship. Yes, it is. When I am living in close fellowship with you praise and thanks will naturally or maybe supernaturally pour out of my life because I will be more fully aware of what you have done and are doing in my life. Yes, it will. I will trust and rely on you more. My faith will grow stronger. I will be filled with joy in knowing that you have been and will be with me throughout every twist and turn and up and down in life. Yes, I will. For that I give you all my thanks and praise! That is very good.
Lord, you have been with me through all the times of great trouble and distress I have gone through in life. I have been able to hold on to you as you have held on to me. Thank you for hearing and answering all my prayers. You have been so very good to me. Amen
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