July 31, 2015

Acts 13_16

Acts 13:13-25

While reading the second lesson for today I could not help but recall the Solemn Reproaches of Good Friday: O my people, O my church, what have I done to you? How have I offended you? Answer me. I led you out of slavery into freedom; led you through the desert, feeding you with manna; planted you as my fairest vineyard, but you brought forth bitter fruit; opened the waters to lead you to the promised land, but you opened my side with a spear… I think the situation is the same still today. God does so much for us daily yet we neglect to stop and consider our blessings.

Growing up we sang a song in church called Count your Blessings. Part of the refrain goes; Count your blessings, name them one by one, Count your blessings, see what God has done! Luther said it best when explaining the fourth petition of the Lord’s Prayer. “Daily bread includes everything required to meet our earthly needs, such as food, drink, clothing, home, property, employment, necessities, parents, children, communities, faithful authorities, seasonable weather, peace, health, friends, neighbors and the like. Take time today to consider all God has done for you.

Prayer: Lord, help us to see all the blessings you shower on us each day in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Steven King, Pastor of Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lincolnton, NC.

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One Response to July 31, 2015

  1. Danny Ward says:

    As we take the time to count each blessing that God gives to us, we also need to THANK HIM for all those blessings. We will thank a server at a restaurant when they refill our drink or bring us something we ask for. But, we petition God all the time for daily necessities and never give thanks for what we ask. We tell our kids to thank those who give them gifts, or tell them how cute they look. But, we forget to tell them to say their prayers to thank God for what we have.

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