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Daily Devotional: Thanksliving (Day 20)

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Thanksliving Day 20

The writer of the passage for today has an interesting request of God. He is asking God to give him just enough…enough to be satisfied but not so much as to be proud or haughty. This is an interesting concept in today’s society with its “the more the better” kind of thinking. In our major cities, one cannot drive but a few miles without seeing some sort of storage company with rows of units filled with people’s possessions. We, as a nation, have so much stuff that we have to pay to store it and for the most part, I suspect, don’t even remember what is in the boxes and crates we have stored. Does this make us rich or foolish?

A little over a year ago, Wayne and I were spending our weekends looking for a place to live. We talked about what we wanted, but soon found that what we wanted and what our budget could handle were not the same. We had to adjust our thinking and become realistic about what we could afford. It was hard to let go of our vision but necessary all the same. Once we accepted our reality, we were led to our current living situation. It is small… 500 square feet… and at first we were not sure it was going to work for us. But we moved in and have found it suits us just fine. It has all we need and we are finding ourselves to be quite content.

When we first moved in, people would ask us how we were doing and how we liked our new place… our default comment was “it is tiny (with emphasis on tiny) but we are managing.” The more I said that, the more I realized how ungrateful that must sound. So now when people ask how we are doing I say”just fine” with no caveat attached. Even though it is not necessarily everything we wanted, we have what we need. God has given us enough.

There needs to be a balance in our thinking of what makes us content. We hear some who preach that God intends for every Christian to be materially rich and yet, others preach that we need to live frugally and be proud of our impoverished lifestyle. Paul writes in his letter to the Philippians: “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” (chapter 4 verses 11-13)

What is your level of contentment today? Are you satisfied with “enough” or do you want more?

Gratitude In Action

Focusing on what we don’t have steps all over our sense of gratitude. Ask God to provide just what He knows you need and pray for a feeling of contentment with His provision.

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Devotional Scripture

“And then he prayed, “God, I’m asking for two things
before I die; don’t refuse me—
Banish lies from my lips
and liars from my presence.
Give me enough food to live on,
neither too much nor too little.
If I’m too full, I might get independent,
saying, ‘God? Who needs him?’
If I’m poor, I might steal
and dishonor the name of my God.” – Proverbs 30:7-9 The Message (MSG)

About the Author

[ Kay Pflueger ]

Kay Pflueger and her husband Wayne have been members at Victory Church for the last 8 years. Kay is a loving mother and grandmother whose love for the Lord is on display at all times. To contact Kay directly about this devotion, please email her at mommapfluegs@gmail.com.