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<3 of Thanks Giving

How hungry are you?

Pr 27:7

A full soul loathes a honeycomb; but to a hungry soul, every bitter thing is sweet. (WEB)

I know people (Christians) who find something to complain about or criticize no matter how good they have it! Our lives are full of good, wonderful things, yet we want more. We aren’t happy, but it’s not because we haven’t been blessed.

On the other hand, there are others who appreciate the plain manna afforded them.

Half empty or half full?

Deuteronomy 8

11 Beware lest you forget Yahweh your God, in not keeping his commandments, and his ordinances, and his statutes, which I command you this day:

12 “lest, when you have eaten and are full, and have built goodly houses, and lived therein;”

13 and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold is multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied;

14 “then your heart be lifted up, and you forget Yahweh your God, who brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage;” (WEB)

We all know the story of the 10 lepers in Luke 17- how all were healed and only one, a Samaritan, returned to give thanks and glory to God. Jesus commended him and upbraided the rest.

17 Jesus answered, “Weren’t the ten cleansed? But where are the nine?

18 Were there none found who returned to give glory to God, except this stranger?” (WEB)

Why do we NOT appreciate God’s goodness toward us? Jesus tells a story to a religious leader:

A certain lender had two debtors. The one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they couldn’t pay, he forgave them both. Which of them therefore will love him most?” Simon answered, “He, I suppose, to whom he forgave the most.” He said to him,

“You have judged correctly.” Luke 7:41-43 (WEB)

Is the problem that we don’t realize how much we actually owe the Lord? The extent of our debt? Can we possibly repay even a portion of what God has done for us? Or as Moses warned, are we too comfy-cozy to remember and acknowledge the source of our blessing?

Do we curse our s t u p i d car, because it… (fill in the blank)?

Maybe we’ve become complacent and a bit too civilized in our devotion to God. Can it be said of us that we’ve lost our first love? He that has ears to hear…

Perhaps you’re saying to yourself, ‘She must mean Brother So and So. He’s always missing church.’ Well, I might be. But… let’s bring the issue a little closer to home. Think about the woman who interrupted Jesus’ meal at the pharisee’s house.

She didn’t consider that she was a “sinner.” She wasn’t concerned about how she looked to other people. She knew she needed what Jesus had- for her. And she was willing to go to any length to get what she needed from God , endure any criticism to show her thankfulness.

Luke 7:47 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.” (WEB)

How much do you love?

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