My family and I have made it a point to read one chapter in the Bible each night. We started in the Old Testament and have been reading in the book of Deuteronomy currently. This book opens with Moses reminding the remaining Israelites of the journey God has brought them through, preparing them to finally enter into the Promised Land.
In chapter eight Moses draws their attention to God’s protection and provision. Verse four specifically mentions his provision. “For all these forty years your clothes didn’t wear out, and your feet didn’t blister or swell.” Deuteronomy 8:4
Moses was pointing out to Israel that in the midst of their complaining and grumbling they had forgotten to thank God for the things that were going good. FORTY years of wandering in dirt and mud. Hot and sweaty. Yet their clothes held up. Their feet didn’t blister or swell. It’s miraculous!
But the Israelites almost missed this “subtle” miracle because they weren’t looking for God’s quiet blessings, but rather crying out for his grandiose intervention. It wasn’t the miracle they were hoping for. They wanted rescued, even to the point of longing for the very things they had been freed from.
I think the same can be true for you and I. It’s so easy for us to take God’s protection and provision for granted. We notice when things go wrong but when was the last time we thanked him for what is going or working well.
Did your car start today? When was the last time it broke down? Did you get something unexpected on sale instead of paying full price? What about your health? We are quick to cry out when things are broken down and not well, but slow to thank him when things work right.
Sometimes I get so caught up in praying for a big plan, a giant need or want that I miss the ways God is already providing for me. He’s always there, we just need to look a little harder.
Thank you, Father, for all the ways you work in our lives, for the quiet ways you make things work out for our good. May we never take for granted your protection and provisions. Amen.