11.2.15 Do you ever take God for granted?
Like the Israelites, many of us don’t experience the abundant life that God has in store for us. The thrill of meeting Jesus can wear off in the midst of everyday life, causing us to slip back into old habits and patterns, including leaving God out of our lives altogether.
Asking Jesus into our lives is not an end; it’s a beginning. God wants a relationship with each one of us. Think about the closest relationships in your life. Those bonds didn’t just happen. They grew over time.
Relationships take work. Just like we would struggle to remain close to a spouse or best friend without spending time with them, we struggle to stay close to God when we’re not spending time with Him. He created you, and He loves you. He craves time with you. He longs to transform your heart, shape you, and mold you into the person He created you to be.
So what are we waiting for? If you’ve ever felt closer to God than you do right now, you can return to Him. Spend time with God by reading your Bible, praying, and listening to the Holy Spirit. Then, wait as He begins to reconstruct your heart.
Don't take God's love for granted: His love can be granted to anyone. This does not mean that everything in this world will be perfect. We live in a world in which we are all sinners. Even though God loves each and every one of us, He requires judgment over sins. God shows us his love in the way He draws us to Himself. Jesus is presented to us as a Savior from our sins.
"And hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us." – Romans 5:5-8
Don't take the life God gave you for granted: God has granted us all the beautiful gift of life. Not only were we given the gift of our own lives, but also the lives of our loved ones. We should never take the time we spend with them for granted.
When someone passes away we shouldn't question God and ask Him why he allowed that person to die. Instead we should be grateful that God allowed us to spend time with that person. Forever thanking Him for the gift of life.
"And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven." - Genesis 1:20 (KJV)
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.
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.
“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.
Wow that pretty much says it all. So let me ask you, "Do you take God for granted?" I'm hear to say I don't always stop and thank God for everything He gives me. So I know I'm guilty of this and if your honest you are also. Doing this study really shows me how undeserving I really am for taking God for granted.
God I come to You feeling sorry that I take You for granted. I'm sorry for coming to You with problems and not thinking about all that You already do for me. I really do think You for everything You do for me. I don't know why I don't get on my knees more to think You for all You do for me. I know 1 thing God if I got on my knees every time You did something for me then I would be on my knees all the time. You are always there for me 24-7 and I think You for that. Lord please be with my facebook family and friends and know I love You. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.