In The Rich Treasures of Grace
thou shalt rejoice in every good thing which the Lord thy God hath given unto
thee, and unto thine house, thou, and the Levite, and the stranger that is
among you. Deut. 26:11.
Thanksgiving and praise should be expressed to God for temporal blessings
and for whatever comforts He bestows upon us. God would have every family
that He is preparing to inhabit the eternal mansions above, give glory to
Him for the rich treasures of His grace. Were children, in the home life,
educated and trained to be grateful to the Giver of all good things, we would
see an element of heavenly grace manifest in our families. Cheerfulness would
be seen in the home life, and coming from such homes, the youth would bring
a spirit of respect and reverence with them into the schoolroom, and into
the church. There would be an attendance in the sanctuary where God meets
with His people, a reverence for all the ordinances of His worship, and grateful
praise and thanksgiving would be offered for all the gifts of His providence.
. . .
Every temporal blessing would be received with gratitude, and every spiritual
blessing become doubly precious because the perception of each member of the
household had become sanctified by the Word of truth. The Lord Jesus is very
near to those who thus appreciate His gracious gifts, tracing all their good
things back to the benevolent, loving, care-taking God, and recognizing Him
as the great Fountain of all comfort and consolation, the inexhaustible Source
If we would give more expression to our faith, rejoice more in the blessings
that we know we have,—the great mercy and love of God,—we should
have more faith and greater joy. No tongue can express, no finite mind can
conceive, the blessing that results from appreciating the goodness and love
of God. Even on earth we may have joy as a wellspring, never failing, because
fed by the streams that flow from the throne of God.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, p. 24, 15.