Do We Take Our Blessings For Granted?

Emerson said that if the stars came out only once a year, everybody would stay up all night to behold them. We have seen the stars so often that we don’t bother to look at them anymore. We have grown accustomed to our blessings.

As we approach the Thanksgiving Holiday, let us remember our many blessings and be thankful. I hope you will be inspired by these words from Warren Wiersbe:

One of the particular temptations of the maturing Christian is the danger of getting accustomed to our blessings. Like the world traveler who has been everywhere and seen everything, the maturing Christian is in danger of taking his blessings for granted and getting so accustomed to them that they fail to excite him as they once did.

The Israelites in the wilderness got accustomed to their blessings, and God had to chasten the people (see Num. 11). God had fed the nation with heavenly manna each morning, and yet the people were getting tired of it. “But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!” (v. 6).

Nothing but manna! They were experiencing a miracle of God’s provision every morning, yet they were no longer excited about it. Nothing but manna!

One of the evidences that we have grown accustomed to our blessings is this spirit of criticism and complaining. Instead of thanking God for what we have, we complain about it and tell him we wish we had something else. You can be sure that if God did give us what we asked for, we would eventually complain about that. The person who has gotten accustomed to his blessing can never be satisfied.

Another evidence of this malady is the idea that others have a better situation than we do. The Israelites remembered their diet in Egypt and longed to return to the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic. They were saying, “The people in Egypt are so much better off than we are!” Obviously, they had forgotten the slavery they had endured in Egypt and the terrible bondage from which God had delivered them. Slavery is a high price to pay for a change in diet.

From Warren Wiersbe, God Isn’t In a Hurry, (Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI, 1994), pp. 77-78

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV

“I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
    I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.” Psalm 9:1NIV

“Let us come before him with thanksgiving
    and extol him with music and song.” Psalm 95:2 NIV

Do you want to know more about Jesus? See my page Who Is Jesus?

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12 thoughts on “Do We Take Our Blessings For Granted?”

  1. What a very true post Cindy! We take so much for granted and forget to thank God every day for His blessings. An example of this is the wealth we have in the Word of God available to us so freely from many sources; yet this is not the case for some of our persecuted brethren. Thank you for sharing this post and especially the Warren Wiersbe quote. God bless you today sister 🙏

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    1. I am sitting at my table, surrounded by various Biblical resources, not to mention all the resources available to me on my computer! These are definitely enormous blessings. Thank you for that reminder Blessings, Alan!

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  2. Thanks for the post Cindy! A few weeks ago, I was preparing some prayers for Church and something said that we say Thank you a lot. How about skipping the thanks this week?

    Not only did I rebuke such a voice, I ensured we expressed gratitude more than ever that Sunday in Church.

    Constantly expressing gratitude to God for all the blessings can never be enough. May God help us everyday.

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    1. I am fascinated by the night sky, too. I gaze at the stars every night when I take out my Yorkie before bed. Last night, there was a gorgeous sunset that I could observe from my living room windows. Our God is amazing! Blessings, Kathy!

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