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Thankful for the Simple Things

…and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks…” —Mark 8:6

When the Lord blesses you with something amazing or unexpected, you are usually quick to offer Him thanks.  However, in the common, humdrum things of everyday life, we often don’t give them a second thought and fail to thank God for the simple blessings.

Look at what Jesus gave thanks for… some loaves of bread… a few small fishes (John 6:11)… child-like faith (Mt. 11:25)… the reality that God hears our prayers (John 11:41-42).

John Henry Jowett (1863-1923) wrote:

 “Look at some of the daily commonplaces—health, sleep, bread and butter, work, friendship, a few flowers by the wayside, the laughter of children, the ministry of song, the bright day, the cool night—if I do not perceive God in these things I have a very unhallowed and insignificant road. On the other hand, the man who discovers the Divine in a loaf of bread, and lifts his song of praise, has a wonderful world, for divinity will call to him on every side.”

    Lord told Peter, “What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.” (Acts 10:15). Amen! If Lord provides it, it is clean.  God doesn’t provide unclean things.  Anything from a loaf of bread to a cup of water is far from common when God has given it! Never take the simple blessings of God for granted.

When you thank God for the “ordinary,” He makes it to become extraordinary!

David’s Observation

David’s Observation

I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. —Psalm 37:25

This was David’s experience, but not everyone’s. This is not an unconditional promise for all believers.  There have been good Christians who have fallen on dire straits who need help with groceries.  David himself had to ask Nabal to give him bread for his men (1 Sam. 25).  Jesus referred to the beggar Lazarus desiring the crumbs from the rich man’s table.  We know this beggar was righteous since he was carried by the angels to paradise when he died (Luke 16:19-22).

David’s statement in Psalm 37:25 is more of a general rule that must be considered in the context of his whole life, over the long haul, from being young to now being old.

Speaking for myself, I can say God has never forsaken me and always provided for my needs (Phil. 4:19).  I’ve never had to beg for bread although there were times when my family we down to a box of Saltine crackers and a jar of peanut butter. God always taken care of me.

I cannot promise you that you will always have everything you want.  But I can say from experience that God will take care of all your needs when you live for Him.

On Entertaining Strangers (Part 2)

Entertaining Angels Unawares (Part 2)

[This is the continuation of yesterday’s devotion of Dr. Tom Malone’s account of a recluse he lead to Christ named Arthur McVane. To read part one click HERE.]

When Dr. Malone founded Midwestern Baptist College in the mid 1950’s, the student body grew to the point where they needed a campus and buildings. Arthur McVane visit Dr. Malone’s office and said, “I have a $5,000 check for you to put down on that thirty-two acres located right here by the church. Why don’t you go and ask the realtors what they will take for it?” So, Dr. Malone contacted the real estate office and finally agreed on the price of $32,000. Dr. Malone took the $5,000 that Arthur McVane gave and another $2,000 from the church account and put $7,000 down and the church would finance the balance.

On this 32 acres of land was a very large hill of sandy soil. No building could be built until that hill was leveled.  Before it was time for the church to pay the first note on the land two men approached Dr. Malone about buying the sand on the property to use in road improvements nearby. The men offered to pay $14 per yard. Dr. Malone had no idea what the fill soil was worth, so he counter-offered $17 a yard. The men said they would need to talk to their supervisor about his offer.

In a few days, they contacted Dr. Malone and agreed to buy the hill of dirt for $17 per yard.  After the hill of dirt was finally removed, the road construction company had paid $25,000 for the sandy hill! God not only supplied the property upon which Midwestern would be build, but also paved the road leading to it!

I remember hearing Dr. Malone describe Arthur McVane as “an angel unawares.”  Who am I to say he wasn’t?

Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” —Hebrews 13:2