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Thankful? For What? – Ben’s Prescription

giving-thanks-to-godWho Said It … Stuart Briscoe

This British-born pastor has taught fellow pastors and lay leaders in more than 100 countries. He is currently minister-at-large for Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin, after serving as its senior pastor for 30 years.

Stuart has also ministered with his wife, Jill, through their Telling the Truth media ministries. They have three children and thirteen grandchildren.

What He Said … It’s a Small, Small World

Benjamin Franklin’s saying, “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise,” contains more than a grain of truth. Whether or not there’s an exact correlation between good sleep habits and “the good life” is hard to say. But Franklin’s epigram does identify three areas of concern for men in all ages: health, wealth, and wisdom. These issues are often discussed in the pages of Scripture.

David admits, in Psalm 30:6-7, “When I was prosperous I said, ‘Nothing can stop me now!’ Your favor, O Lord, made me as secure as a mountain.” But sadly, the prosperity the Lord had granted him led him away from a life of trusting obedience. “Then you turned away from me, and I was shattered.”

Lost wealth is drastic medicine; so is lost health. But men absorbed with their own lives respond to little else. When the Lord restores lost health and wealth, and men respond by praising the Lord, they get wise. So be wise—get to bed early, but rise up to bless the Lord.

Adapted from The One Year Book of Devotions for Men (Tyndale, 2000)

Prayer for the Week: Give me a fresh awareness, Lord, of those gifts I’ve taken for granted.


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