Blessing We So Easily Forget
By Steve Williams
Why is it that we so easily forget the blessing that we have received from God? Could it be because of the uncertainty of the day we are living in? Since 2020 we have been living in some uncertain and interesting times, to say the least. So I guess one word that could be used to describe the day that we are living in is Uncertain. We’re UNCERTAIN about the COVID Virus still. We’re UNCERTAIN about this Circus of a Government that is running the country. We’re UNCERTAIN about the Economy and Jobs playing out in the future. We’re UNCERTAIN about the Collapse of the Stock Market and 401K’s. We’re UNCERTAIN that a Health Care Plan is what they say it will be. We’re UNCERTAIN of our Protection In America, our Police, and our Military. We’re UNCERTAIN about Making Ends Meet. We’re UNCERTAIN about ever Seeing America and Better Days. Maybe what we need to do is shift our focus from Uncertainty to Blessings. The reason we are so uncertain is that we have focused our eyes on ourselves so many times when we need to be focused on God. And I know when I fail to focus on God, it’s hard to remember all the things I have to be thankful for in my life.
I heard a funny story about a husband who thought he had conquered the problem of trying to remember his wife’s birthday, Valentine’s Day, and their anniversary. He opened an account with a florist, provided them with dates and instructions to send flowers along with an appropriate note signed, “Your loving husband.” His wife was thrilled by this new display of attention. All went well until one day, many bouquets later, when he came home, kissed his wife, and said offhandedly, “Nice flowers, honey. Where’d you get them?” Do folks just imagine how the Lord must feel when we forget all that He has done for us? All too often we take what the Lord has done for us for granted, including me. When we get our eyes off God, it’s not long till we will find ourselves being Life Wrecked instead of Ship Wrecked and wondering why. But dear Christian there are some things you and I seem to forget about in our Christian Walk with God in UNCERTAIN Days. So many times you and I both fail to focus on what God did for us when He saved our lost and doomed souls. Let’s look at Psalm 103:1-10 and we will see this: ”Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. 2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: 3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; 4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; 5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 6 The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed. 7 He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel. 8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. 9 He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger forever. 10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.”
Here in Psalms 103, David reminds us of some very important things that we so easily forget.
We forget: Who Has Forgiven All Thine Iniquities: V 3
We forget: Who Redeemeth Thy Life From Destruction. V 4
We forget: That He Has Crowned Us With Loving Kindness And Tender Mercies V 4b
We forget: Who Satisfieth Thy Mouth with Good things: V 5
We forget: The Lord Executeth Righteousness & Judgement for all the Oppressed V 6
We forget: The Lord is Merciful and that’s Right Now. V8
We forget: The Lord is Gracious and that’s Right Now. V8
We forget: The Lord is Slow to Anger and that’s Right Now. V8
We forget: The Lord is Plenteous in Mercy and that’s Right Now. V8
We forget: The Lord does on Chide or Keeps His Anger Forever. And folks that’s Right Now. V9
But I Like This One. Nor has He Rewarded us According to our Iniquities. And that’s Right Now V10
Words of Wisdom:
- The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings from God. N/A
- Good health and good sense are two of life’s greatest blessings from God. N/A
- Envy is the art of counting the other fellow’s blessings instead of your own. N/A
- Each day we live God drops blessings into our lap without us lifting a finger. N/A
Steve Williams is the pastor of Berry Chapel Baptist Church in Spruce Pine, North Carolina. You can read more good Christian news from Steve HERE.