Date: August 4, Monday
Scripture: Psalm 65
Verse: You visit the earth and make it abundant, enriching it greatly by God’s stream, full of water. You provide people with grain because that is what you’ve decided. (Psalm 65:9)
Your perspective can change the way you look at things. Maybe you’ve had the experience of finally getting some money together that you are deciding how to spend, when the transmission goes out on your car. So, instead of buying something fun, you end up paying for the parts and labor at your local Aamco. On the one hand, you could get quite upset that the car chose now to fall apart, and take that money. But then again, you might choose to feel fortunate that you had the money and didn’t have to max out a credit card which, with interest, would have made the repair cost even more. It is all in the way you choose to look at it.
Many of us approach life with a scarcity mentality. We think there is only so much blessing from God and we need to grab up as much of it as we can, and hold on for dear life. The author of today’s psalm looks at it differently. He sees blessing after blessing. He knows God as the one who made the mountains and calmed the seas; who gives water for us to drink, and grain for us to eat; who provides rain to help the plants grow, and fills the hillsides with grass for flocks to graze. I’m guessing life wasn’t perfect for this author, but when she looked out at the world, she saw God at every turn.
I am so glad we have a God who has given us so much: our church, our families and friends, the homes in which we live, the food we eat, and the clothes we wear. Not to mention our cars, and the computers on which we are reading these devotions. We are greatly blessed with enough, even more than enough.
Prayer: Remind me today O God of all your blessings. Amen.
Action: Spend the day ahead with an attitude of gratitude for the coffee in the morning, the pillow at night, and every blessing in between.
Respond: Have you ever had a moment of despair (like our transmission story) only to find out there was a blessing there when your perspective changed?
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