They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,

1 Timothy 4:3-4

I didn’t grow up saying ‘grace’ at the dinner table (my parents weren’t/aren’t Christians). I took for granted that what I received was mine by right, earned by the money produced by the work of my parents. As I have come to realise, this is a sub-par view of the sovereignty of God.

How did the food grow? Who provided the land, the seed, the sun and the rain? Who created the chicken, pig, cow or sheep and the farmer who cares for them. Without God’s common grace would we be able to eat in any safety? Would food make it to our table at all? Would we have jobs or money? Supermarkets or distributors?

As you eat today, give thanks for God’s grace and kindness - for the food you eat has been provided by God. Whether you slaughtered it yourself or bought it at the supermarket. It’s good and should be received with thanksgiving. 

For Today:
  • Do you give thanks for your food?
  • Have you ever thought about God’s everyday providence?
  • Take a few moments before you eat today to give thanks to God.

  • Praise God, the Father who made the sun and the sky, who causes the rain to fall and the plants to grow. 
  • Give thanks for Christ who is our daily bread, giving us spiritual strength to love and endure. 
  • Ask God for His Spirit to help you and others to continue to look to Him in thanksgiving.

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