“Because thou servedst not the LORD thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things; Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the LORD shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things …” (Deuteronomy 28:47,48)
Lord, when I am tempted to complain, may I give thanks. There is much more I have to be grateful for than to be disappointed over. Things could always be better, but they could be a whole lot worse.
You have been good to me. All that is within me will bless Your holy Name. I will not forget all Your benefits to me. You have been faithful time and time again. Your mercies have been new every morning and your compassions have not run out. Through many dangers, toils, and snares, Your amazing grace has led me safe thus far. I trust You will be the same today and tomorrow as You have been yesterday.
May I be as faithful to You as You have been to me. May I remember You every day. May I set You at my right hand so I will not be moved down any wrong path. May I seek You and Your strength continually. I cannot succeed in this life without You. I can only fail if I am looking to myself rather than You. You have given me everything I need for a blessed life. Your provision for me to be a godly person is complete in Christ. I can walk even as He walked. But I must abide in Him. He is my hope of glory and goodness and godliness.
Thank You for giving me the most precious gift of all – the gift of salvation, and the gift of a Savior – who lived and died for me; who lives now at the right hand of God for me; and who lives in me by the Holy Spirit. What an awesome salvation I have to be grateful for!
I will serve You with joyfulness and with gladness of heart for the abundance of all things You have given me. As high as the heaven is above the earth, so great is what I have compared to what I don’t have. Thank You, my dear Father! Thank you, dear Jesus, for coming into this world so I might have life more abundantly!