“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.” Psalm 100:4-5
I was sitting at my computer eating some canned tomatoes I had just heated up in the microwave when a wave of thanksgiving washed through my heart. Now some people might consider me foolish for being thankful for a bunch of canned tomatoes because my canned tomatoes might seem not too delicious sounding when compared with lots of foods they prefer, or because my tomatoes were canned rather than fresh from the garden or straight from the organic section of the local grocery store. But to me, my tomatoes were so very delicious and I was so very thankful for them. But I have a confession to make.
No matter how much I love and adore the Lord, and my love for Him seems to grow by my very breath, and no matter how much I know from God’s Word how He desires His children’s hearts to be filled with thanksgiving for Him and to Him including for all of His endless blessings, I am still so very much prone to taking for granted my forever relationship with Him given to me through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as well as to take for granted the absolutely endless blessings both gigantically big and incredibly small day by day.
But the closer I grow to the Lord, the more I dig deep into His Word, the more I am led by His Spirit and conformed by His Spirit through His Word to Himself, the more He opens my spiritual eyes to see the wondrous ways in which He blesses me literally by the very breath – right down to a little plastic container with yummy canned tomatoes cooked in a microwave and eaten with a big soup spoon.
Why this devotional about canned tomatoes? May you and I through the course of our days be thankful for every big blessing and every little blessing and all the countless blessings in between beginning with the greatest blessing of all the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. May the Lord open our spiritual eyes more and more to see His goodness and may we humbly and lovingly express to the Lord our growing thanksgiving at His ever everlasting goodness, AMEN!