Friday, November 5, 2021

Daily Devotion: The Flowers

Bible Reading:  I Chronicles 16:7-36

Key Verse: Verse 34 – “O give thanks unto the LORD for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.”       

Key Words:  O give thanks unto the LORD

In our Bible reading for today, the people of Israel are rejoicing because they have defeated the Philistines and recaptured the Ark of the Covenant (the dwelling place of God).  On the day the ark was being brought back to Jerusalem, the people, in order to show their thanks to God, do four things.

·  First of all, they tell others what God has done for them (verse 8).

·  Secondly, they give praise to God (verse 28).

·  Thirdly, they give financially to God (verse 29).

·  Fourthly, they rejoice in God (verse 34).

This was a major event in Israel; they were indeed thankful.  Now this raises a question:  it is easy to be thankful for the big things, and we should be thankful for those things – but what about the little things?  Should we not be thankful for those as well?

Gertis Weissman was among the prisoners in a Nazi death camp.  She recalled an episode one spring when she and her fellow inmates stood at roll call for hours, nearly collapsing with hunger and fatigue.  But they noticed that, according to Weissman, “in the corner of that bleak, horrid gray place” the concrete had broken, and a flower had poked its head through, and the thousands of women there took great pains to avoid stepping on it.  It was a spot of beauty in their ugly and heinous world, and they, all of them, were thankful to God for it.

I encourage you to be thankful for the little things.

What to do:
✞ Today write down a half-dozen or so little things, and thank God for them all week.  (Yes, even all   month.)

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