August 16, 2019
“I gave you a land that you had not tilled and cities that you had not built, to dwell in; you have eaten of vineyards and olive groves which you did not plant.” (Joshua 24:1-13)
The Lord, speaking through Joshua, encourages us to reflect upon all of the gifts He has given us. Too often we identify a God-given gift as something we’ve earned, or somehow something we are due. Where does this sense of entitlement come from?
I once overheard my wife engaged in a ‘gift versus entitlement’ discussion with a very bright young man who was questioning his faith. Carol was trying her best to help him understand that his intelligence, which he was using to convince himself that God did not exist, was actually a God-given gift.
It seems to be part of human nature to take credit for the good things in our lives, and only bring God into the picture when things go wrong.
Today’s reading directs us to take stock of all of the “freebies” given to us by God. Not because we earned them and not because we are special, but simply because He loves us.
Find time today to take such an inventory. Count all the blessings in your life. Then spend a moment in prayer, acknowledging your unworthiness and expressing your gratitude.