Do You Take God for Granted?

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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.

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  • Like many things, it is easy to take for granted that which we receive so often. I pray I never lose sight of God’s goodness. Ever.

    • Mike

      A big Amen to that! Thanks Bill!

  • I hear you, Mike. You’re right, we all take our Father for granted, but even more like you touched on, we take His humility for granted. We get prideful of all HE has provided… It’s just plain crazy and immature.

    I try to make it a point often when I pray to only praise His protections and provisions in all things and make it just a prayer of thanks… I ask for plenty, not even just for me, but I just feel led like you to offer up what meager thanks I have to give to the One who provides the very breath and mind at this second.

    Good one. And a good reminder, probably need more of them…

    • Mike

      I need regular reminders myself. It’s so easy to become complacent in our relationships if we’re not careful. If we just stop once in a while and think about all we have to be grateful for, we’ll find ourselves much less likely to take God and others for granted.

  • Betty Draper

    Appreciate your post brother. It is easy to get in a rut of not being grateful for what God does for us daily. Taking a mission trip to an undeveoped country and work with believers who do not know where their next meal with come from is one way to become grateful. Yet Paul says I have learned to be grateful when in want and when not in want. Taking God for granted is not about location. It’s a matter of the heart…who reigns in my heart whether I take Him and all He provides for granted. I am thankful it a learned attibute…anyone can learn to be thankful….any one.

    • Mike

      I couldn’t agree with you more, being thankful is a learned attribute. We need to wake up every day and prepare for our day. We need to make the decision to make time to pray, to focus on all we have to be grateful for, etc. It’s all about relationship with our Creator. If we don’t put in the time and effort, we won’t have much of a relationship. Thanks for your comment.

  • AbrahamSamuel

    I was just going through the same thoughts. I was telling someone that God does so much for us but we humans have a knack of taking things for granted. He continues to bless us and we expect that to continue no matter what we do, instead we ask for more. But it’s Gods grace that he chooses to forgive us our wrongdoings and continues to shower His blessings upon us. We really must be very grateful to Him for what He does for us.