That might seem like a silly question, but I assure you it’s not. People take God for granted all the time. We’re all guilty of it to one degree or another.
We as humans have a knack for taking the things for granted that we have come to depend on or expect. Most of us expect a roof over our heads, clothes to wear, and food to eat. Do we thank God for those things daily? No, I mean do we REALLY thank God for those things daily? Or do we just come to expect those things without giving them a second thought?
When we pray, do we go through the motions repeating some basic list of requests we ask for each day? Or do we instead pray with enthusiasm and intensity as if we really want to communicate with, and acknowledge God?
It is very easy to take for granted the phenomenon that we are each alive, but we must try not to.”
~~ Alex Grey
Do you get that quote? We even take for granted the fact that we’re alive. If you’re not already doing so, you should being thanking God for every breath of air, every drop of water and every morsel of food that sustains your life. Take away any one of those, and we will die. That is nothing to take for granted.
Now I don’t think any of us mean to take God for granted, it’s just that darn human nature that’s always warring against us. Also, the basics of food, water and shelter come much easier to us in most modern countries. Because it comes much easier, we tend to take it for granted.
The wealth and blessings of this country has never been experienced by any other country before. Those of us born and raised here have come to expect a nice place to live and plenty to eat and drink. Most of us don’t have to sacrifice much of anything to have these things so they become cheap in our eyes. Unfortunately when that happens, we begin taking them for granted.
It happens in marriages all the time. A husband comes to expect a delicious dinner on the table after work every day. The wife expects the garbage to be taken out and things to be kept in repair. We start expecting things to be taken care of because they have been in the past, and we stop appreciating the ones who do those things for us.
That’s just what happens with us and God. After all, we are the bride, and Christ is the husband.
It’s sad when you think about how we treat God compared to how He treats us. First of all, God never takes us for granted. He blesses us, He wants nothing but the best for us, and He provides us with food, water, clothing and shelter. He helps us with our problems, comforts us when we’re sad, holds our hand while we go through trials, encourages us when we need it, and is there for us 24/7.
How do most of us repay His kindness? Instead of us getting on our knees every day, lifting up our hands in adoration and spending most of our prayer time thanking Him. We muter through a brief half hearted prayer expecting everything to continue as it has been, as if we somehow deserved it.
I know not everyone is guilty of that all the time, but I wonder if any of us is as grateful to God as we should be.
I think this quote pretty much sums it up:
“When something does not insist on being noticed, when we aren’t grabbed by the collar or struck on the skull by a presence or an event, we take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” ~~ Cynthia Ozick
Isn’t that how we are so often with God? He does for us constantly, but because He doesn’t blow a trumpet every time He blesses us, protects us, provides for us, or defends us; we just expect it to happens, and rarely give it a second thought.
I hope this short admonishment to us all, will help us all, to wake up and start showing more gratitude to our God, and make our taking Him for granted a thing of the past.