God in all things (1)
Some people think that God’s only interested in saving souls, making people morally pure, then taking them to Heaven. God is interested in those things, but He’s also interested in so much more. He sent His only Son so that we ‘may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance’ (John 10:10 AMP). This means that God cares deeply about everything that makes up our day-to-day, and wants our lives to be good. In Matthew 6:31-33, Jesus speaks these words to us: ‘Do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For after all these things the Gentiles [who do not serve God] seek…For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you’ (NKJV). This explains to us that God wants to provide us with everything that we need, making sure that we have enough to eat and drink, clothes to wear, and every other thing that we need to thrive. It lets us know that He’s working to take care of all of those things. What we have is given to us by God, right down to the practical, everyday things. Whatever we still need will be provided by Him. He’s not only a God of the spiritual; He’s at work in the practical too. He welcomes us to ask Him into every real-life thing, from our basic necessities, through to the bigger picture of our careers and relationships. If we seek Him and His Kingdom in our daily lives, then we’ll begin to recognise Him in every aspect.
One simple way to thank God for practical things is to say Grace before eating. If you don’t already, take a moment to stop each time you eat today and give thanks that God cares about all of your needs.
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