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Daily Encounter: A Week-day Devotional by Richard (Dick) Innes of ACTS International.

Monday, November 13, 2017


Give Me a Thankful Heart

"Blessed be your glorious name, and may it be exalted above all blessing and praise. You alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you. You are the LORD God."1

How easy it is to take God's blessings and provisions for granted. I've lived in Southern California for several years and have experienced earthquakes which shook the good old terra firma I was standing on. I've seen the results of ravaging fires that destroyed scores of homes, riots that destroyed scores of properties, and floods and mud slides that also caused great losses.

Southern California is little more than converted desert and what amazes me is where all the water comes from to meet the needs of some twenty-plus million people! I've lived through several years of drought and still there was enough water. Most of the water comes from the most marvelous water storage system ever created, and it's not just from the many man-made dams and reservoirs, as wonderful and as necessary as these are. It's from the snow that stores water for many months of the year and releases it basically as it is needed. If it weren't for the magnificent mountains and the amazing supply of snow, Southern California would still be little more than a desert.

It also amazes me how so many people complain about rainy days when we get good rains in such a dry and thirsty land—rains that fill up the rivers, dams, and reservoirs and store billions of gallons of water in the form of snow over thousands of square miles of rugged mountains—rains that keep us alive!

All God has to do is turn off the sky's faucet or blot out the sun for long enough and every living thing would die.

As the Levites said, truly God gives life to everything.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you for all the incredible blessings you provide for all of us all of the time. May I be ever mindful of these and thankful for them. Help me to always have a grateful heart and live in an attitude of gratitude. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

Note: If you have never accepted God's greatest blessing ever, please read the article, "How to Be Sure You're a Real Christian" at: http://www.actsweb.org/christian. And be sure to accept God's forgiveness and his gift of eternal life.

1. Nehemiah 9:5-7 (NIV).

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