Devotional for Wednesday November 18th

Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Be thankful”
Our Bible verse for today: “The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands.” Deuteronomy 28:12 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Thank God for provisions”
Over almost fifty years the Lord has blessed me with the opportunity to travel around the world. Between a career in the U.S. Navy, as well as leading many overseas mission trips, altogether I’ve been to more thirty countries, some of them multiple times.
One thing that always strikes me is how different most of the rest of the world is from the USA in terms of standard of living. By every metric we are far above and beyond most of the rest of the world with respect to the sheer abundance of food we have, safe and affordable housing, access to high quality medical care, dependable transportation, and so much more. Not only do we have an abundance of the essentials – at high quality, but we have all the non-essentials too, such as numerous leisure and entertainment options. There truly is no place in the world like the USA. We are blessed beyond measure and we have much to be thankful for.
I don’t believe we need to apologize for what we have or feel guilty about it, but we do need to be very grateful to the Lord for it. For His own divine reasons God has chosen to allow the USA to be blessed financially and materially far beyond any other nation in the world. I know it has much to do with democracy, a free-market economy, and an entrepreneurial spirit, but there’s more to it than that. God has blessed us and provided for us beyond measure and I’m not sure we can fully understand it this side of heaven, but I do know we need to be thankful for it and we must be careful not to take it for granted.
I encourage all of us to spend some time this morning thanking the Lord for all He has blessed us with. Tomorrow we will think about how it is that our abundance creates great opportunities for ministry.
God Bless,
Pastor Jim 
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