Proverbs 29: King James Bible
Things We Take for Granted – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty nine, Verse 13
13 The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the Lord lighteneth both their eyes.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Things We Take for Granted
As I’ve said in the past, when we stand before the Lord one day, we’re going to be awe-struck at every way the Father has intervened in our lives. All the more is true for those who have rejected him.
The things we take for granted that have always been there, and have never been a problem. These are the things that will open our eyes to how deeply involved the Father is with his creation as it relates to the saved and unsaved alike.
He causes it to rain on the just and unjust alike, and brings light to the eyes of the poor as well as the deceitful. In my opinion, there are few things that we take for granted as often as our health.
Do you take notice of any part of you that works correctly on a daily basis? Probably not too much. However, when things start to go awry physically, we notice right away.
We have a tendency to be thankful for getting better after hurting ourselves, rather than being well beforehand. The things that we take for granted are not things that will last forever.
Some people know what they’ve taken for granted by losing things. Losing their sight, ability to walk, limbs, or just overall good health has taken a turn. As the song goes, “You don’t know what you’ve got, till it’s gone.”
All of the things given to us has been given without repent. In other words, the Lord isn’t the one taking away the health he’s given, nor is he the one responsible for bad things happening to us physically.
More often than not, it is our fault. And when it’s not, it’s someone else’s, like being wounded at war, car accident, someone stumbles at the base of a ladder causing you to fall down and break yourself, what have you.
We wonder why we have different issues, yet don’t pay attention to the things that we eat (guilty). There are people out there that don’t seem to understand that there are consequences for our actions, and much of the time it affects us physically.
I did something to my lower back several weeks ago, that caused me to be laid up for a couple of weeks. I couldn’t sleep, couldn’t lift anything up worth mentioning, and did all but cry like a little girl any time I went to sit down or stand up. There was no escaping the pain no matter what I did.
Eventually the pain subsided and it’s as normal as it ever was (I’ve always had back problems). So, I’m out mowing the lawn the other day, drenched in sweat, as the weather was hazy, hot, and humid.
Right from the get go, I just wanted to get back into the air conditioning. (Ever notice how much bigger your lawn gets on a miserably humid day?) It was hot, the mower was acting a little funny which was slowing me down a bit, bugs were out in full force, sweat was stinging my eyes, ohhh the list could go on.
All of these little, temporary, insignificant annoyances give me bother, yet I’m out there doing something that was impossible for me to do weeks before! Instead of being grateful for having strength in my back, my legs, arms, working lungs, a working mower, grass to mow, eyes that function properly so I can see where I’m going, so on and so forth, all I could think about was getting out of the aggravating situation by finishing up.
Good things happen to good people, but we start paying attention when bad things happen to good people. We ask what happened to God, and where was the Lord on that situation when bad things happen.
When the light shines, it rests upon the wicked and the just. When there’s an earth quake, everyone’s house rattles. When there’s a fire tearing up the landscape, it will consume whomever’s house is in it’s path, and doesn’t inquire about your faith.
Thousands of acres destroyed by the volcano in Hawaii, should we assume that those who owned these properties were all wicked, or all good? No. I’d assume that it’s a blend of both.
Every once in awhile, people have testimonies of how the Lord intervened and caused devastation to be averted, but it isn’t all the time. Why do these things happen? Because sin happened.
This world is fallen because of it, and is going to grind itself down until the Lord’s return, and eventually a new heaven and a new earth will be established. But until that day, we need to take recognition of all of the things that we’re used to, and take for granted.
It is easy to ask things like “where was God” over tragic situations. But just like me in the situation above, neglecting to be thankful for what’s working well, there are millions of things that we are unaware of, that require the Lord’s involvement that will make us ashamed for having asked that question one day.
Be thankful for what the Lord has given while we have it, because tomorrow isn’t promised to the wicked or the just.
Related New Testament Scripture
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. 20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? 21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
1 There were present at that season some that told him of the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galileans were sinners above all the Galileans, because they suffered such things? 3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
4 Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
Thank you for your loving kindness, and your intricate involvement in all of our lives. Forgive us Lord for taking for granted the many things that you’ve done for us, and also forgive us Father, when we’ve abused that which you’ve given, even possibly at times using your gifts against you. Help us to gain a deeper understanding of how entwined you are in our lives spiritually and physically Father. Thank you for all that you’ve done; the things that we know, and the many more things that we don’t. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Can you tally up all of the things we take for granted?