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Thankful? For What? – Come to Your Senses

giving-thanks-to-godKey Bible Verse: Ears to hear and eyes to see—both are gifts from the Lord.  – Proverbs 20:12

Bonus Reading: Deuteronomy 29:2-4

We are as accustomed to seeing and hearing as we are to breathing and to the operation of the cardiovascular system. So we pay no attention to any of them—until something goes wrong, of course.

The writer of Proverbs commended equal appreciation of both eye and ear. We need to make use of our God-given opportunity to enjoy the wonders of the created world laid out in such profusion and grandeur before our eyes. We need to listen to the wealth of knowledge, beauty, and experience available to our ears. Rather than taking sight and hearing for granted, these sensory faculties and what they provide for us should take on even greater significance when seen as gifts from God.

To embark on a day with eyes literally wide open and ears pricked so as not to miss a sight or a sound is to live at a higher level. Doing so from time to time will enrich the life, because God planned for it to be so enriched. At the end of the day, to reflect on what you have heard, and to give thanks to the Giver of gifts who made it possible, is to live with a sharpened sense of enjoyment and a richer sense of worship.

—Stuart Briscoe in Devotions for Men

My Response: What sights and sounds have I been taking for granted?

Thought to Apply: How hard I find it to see what is right in front of my eyes! —Ludwig Wittgenstein (Austrian philosopher)

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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