The Blessing of Gratitude

The following thought came to mind and I have focused on it over the last day or so:

Contentment and peace in life, grow in the soil of gratitude to God.

It is easy to fall into the trap of never being satisfied. The insatiable quest for more, and better, can bring discontentment into our lives. When we are discontent, we lack the satisfaction of having peace.

1 Timothy 6 Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

Godliness with contentment is great gain. Meditate on that thought and ask yourself the question, “Is my character and my contentment found in who I am in God?” Gratitude causes us to rightly recognize God as the source of all of the good in our lives, and give him the credit. When we are grateful we will also be generous because we want to bless others and be a part of God’s kingdom work. 

May God protect us from temptations, snares, foolish and harmful lusts, all kinds of evil, and many sorrows that come from pursuing the wrong things in life.

A.W. Tozer wrote, “Gratitude is an offering precious in the sight of God, and it is one that the poorest of us can make and be not poorer but richer for having made it.”

A Thanksgiving Prayer- Almighty God, all good things come from you. I have nothing good that you have not blessed me with. Help me to see how richly you have blessed me in Christ. Thank you for giving me hope and a purpose. I pray more and more, that I would find my contentment and peace in you!