Do You Acknowledge God Everyday?
Before I became a Christian, my good friend IB use to tell me how she attributed the success of her graduation to God. She graduated from UCL and was selected to do a PhD, she couldn’t be more grateful to God for what he had done.
Without an understanding of God at that point in my life, what she said didn’t resonate with me. I use to think that this type of talk was non-sensical and self-deprecating. After all, I got into the same university but came from a completely different perspective. I believe that it was the assertion of my strong will, hard work and determination that got me there and by reminding myself of my achievement, it made me feel good about my advancement in life.
“She has not acknowledged that I was the one who gave her the grain, the new wine, and oil, who lavished silver and gold – which they used for Baal” (Hosea 2:8)
In Hosea, Gomer was unable to acknowledge that it was God that provided for her basic needs of food and wealth (Hosea 2:8). We can be a bit like that today when we attribute our successes or the things we own to our hard work and efforts.
Questions for reflection
1) Are we more likely to acknowledge God for the big successes than we are for meeting our everyday needs?
2)Are there other things in our lives that we have a tendency to give credit to more than God?
Acknowledgment and gratitude is the starting place to a redirection back to God. It’s a wake-up call, it’s the realisation that we are not the leading thespians in our own playwright, it’s the realisation that Copernicus made in 1532 – the earth orbits the sun and not the other way around. We are not the centre of our stories as we like to think but God is and he is propelling our story forward…
This snippet is updated and taken from Day 2 of the Hosea Devotional…
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