1704) Seeing God’s Gifts Everywhere

Open Your Eyes to All the Gifts God Has Given You This Christmas

By Randy Alcorn, at http://www.epm.org , December 8, 2017

     Sometimes focusing on God’s “big miracles”—like curing cancer and making brain tumors disappear—causes us to overlook His small, daily miracles of providence in which He holds the universe together, keeps our hearts beating, provides us with air to breathe and lungs to breathe it, and gives us food to eat and stomachs to digest it.  (Years ago when I became an insulin-dependent diabetic, it dawned on me that I had never once, in the fifteen years I’d known him, thanked God for a pancreas that had worked perfectly until then!)

     If we disregard these and thousands of other “ordinary” gifts, we don’t just fail to notice them, we fail to notice God.  God’s goodness is always evident if we look in the right place.  “He is actually not far from each one of us, for in him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:27-28).

     G.K. Chesterton wrote, “Here ends another day, during which I have had eyes, ears, hands and the great world around me.  Tomorrow begins another day.  Why am I allowed two?”

     When life is viewed with a spirit of thankfulness, we will see the happiness and reasons for happiness that surround us.  So this Christmas, let’s open our eyes to the multitude of daily gifts that God has already given us.  We have much to be thankful for!

     This great little video made by Forest Hill Church in Charlotte, NC illustrates that point wonderfully.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSxPWpLPN7A&mc_cid=b468b0b7df&mc_eid=7a61505e6c


On this same theme, watch this video “Sedated and Elated,” though you might have seen it before.  It was America’s Funniest Homes Videos grand prize winner in 2017.  A young man is waking up after being sedated for some dental work; and he hears, as if for the first time, about all the blessings in his life, and he is filled with awe and gratitude:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yk_9_NEz5qE

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Acts 17:27b-28a  —  (God) is not far from any one of us; for in him we live and move and have our being.

James 1:16-17a  —  Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters.  Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father…

Deuteronomy 8:17-18a  —  You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.”  But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth.

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O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

–Psalm 118:29