When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.  But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today. Deuteronomy 8:10, 18 NIV

This is the 7th year that we have been privileged to host the Tuscaloosa Bible Reading Marathon. It is a privilege and an honor to read aloud God’s word. I love monitoring and reading the 2 am to 6 am shift.  Over the last 3 years Pastor Fred Schuckert has joined me in those wee hours of the morning. I read the first  14 chapters of Deuteronomy last night.

God sets a type of principle, a math equation for blessing to remain upon the children of Israel when they were to take possession of the land of Canaan. God will provide abundance including good food PLUS when you eat they food, satisfaction will follow PLUS expressions of thanksgiving and praise to God for His goodness will EQUAL continued ability to produce more wealth. Abundance PLUS Satisfaction PLUS Praise to God EQUALS an open door for more favor over your life.

God loves for you to enjoy the possessions that He has provided.  He anticipates you will experience satisfaction that comes from a good meal, warmth of your bed, air conditioning in summer, appreciating a beautifully landscaped garden, joy of laughter with children, and/or joy of intimacy with your spouse.

What follows these expressions of peaceful satisfaction is equally important…Remembering to give praise to God with a thankful and grateful heart. This praise is an outward expression of an inner thanks. It is usually vocalized in more ways than just a prayer before a meal. It is a genuine and heartfelt attitude that recognizes God’s guiding hand of favor upon your life.

How are you engaging in the cycle of favor?

  • Can you identify the small and large blessings that God has given you?
    • Relationships, physical health, ability to forgive etc.
  • When you rest and are satisfied, do you feel guilty?
  • Do you allow a regular rhythm of rest that allows you to enjoy and be satisfied?
  • Do you understand how to evaluate the excess of food and possessions that goes beyond satisfaction into greed and gluttony?
  • How do you give God praise for His abundance in your life?

May you find the rhythm of blessing and gratefulness to God on this Monday. It is a secret of contentment that Paul understood. Whether he had little or much, he was content. How? He learned the joy of satisfaction that comes from being genuinely grateful.

May God’s blessings fall upon you in abundance, AND may you be bountiful to Him in your praise. 

Blessings Greg