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    Friday, 11 August 2017

    OUR Daily Bread Devotional August 12, 2017 — Grateful for Everything

    OUR Daily Bread Devotional

    Topc: Grateful for Everything



      August 12, 2017

    Read: Deuteronomy 8:6–18 | Bible in a Year: Psalms 84-86; Romans 12
    When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. Deuteronomy 8:10
    OUR Daily Bread Devotional

    OUR Daily Bread Devotional


    In Australia, it can take hours to drive between towns and fatigue can lead to accidents. So at busy holiday times rest stops are set up on major highways with volunteers offering free coffee. My wife, Merryn, and I grew to enjoy these stops during our long drives there.

    On one trip, we pulled in and walked over to order our coffee. An attendant handed the two cups over, and then asked me for two dollars. I asked why. She pointed to the small print on the sign. At this stop, only the driver got free coffee; you had to pay for passengers. Annoyed, I told her this was false advertising, paid the two dollars, and walked off. Back at the car, Merryn pointed out my error: I had turned a gift into an entitlement and become ungrateful for what I received. She was right.
    OUR Daily Bread Devotional

    Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the universe, who brings forth bread from the earth.
    When Moses led the Israelites into the Promised Land, he urged them to be a grateful people (Deut. 8:10). Thanks to the blessings of God, the land was abundant, but they could easily treat this prosperity as something they deserved (vv. 17–18). From this, the Jews developed a practice of giving thanks for every meal, no matter how small. For them, it was all a gift.

    I went back to the woman and apologized. A free cup of coffee was a gift I didn’t deserve—and something for which to be thankful.

    Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the universe, who brings forth bread from the earth. A Jewish thanksgiving prayer for meals

    Be grateful to God for even the smallest gift.

    By Sheridan Voysey
    INSIGHT:
    Why do we sometimes find it difficult to be grateful? How can a sense of entitlement hinder a thankful spirit?

    OUR Daily Bread Devotional

    Our Daily Bread is a devotional calendar-style booklet published by Our Daily Bread Ministries (formerly RBC Ministries) in over 55 languages.[1] The booklet is one of the most widely read Christian devotionals in circulation today. It was first published in April 1956 and includes writing about the Bible and insights into Christian living. The booklet's title originates from a line of the Lord's Prayer. The contents include a Bible passage and a relevant article for each day of the year. It is written by a different author each day, and also features additional Bible passages for people following Our Daily Bread's "Bible In One Year" reading program.

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