The Bible is ultimately about God. He is the hero from beginning to end. He is the one who graciously provides for all that we need. The Bible is not a story where we are the ultimate heroes. The Bible is not meant primarily to make us feel good about ourselves, to be a self-help manual or a list of rules. It is meant to lead us to God. In this first day of reading, we discover that God is the one who makes good things. Multiple times he declares what he has made in Genesis as “good.” God is the one who takes the initiative. God is the one who creates all of the good things. He makes every aspect of creation, he provides a Messiah (Matthew), and he provides his Word (Psalm 1). We can respond to God’s good things by simply saying thank you. All the good things we have come from God and so we must learn to cultivate grateful hearts.
Question of the day: Why do we make life about us rather than God?
God, our Father, I thank you for the many ways every day that I am reminded of your grace. You have given me so many good things. Help me to stop today and recognize these gifts from you and in doing so acknowledge that you are the one who holds all things together, not me. Thank you, all I can say is thank you. Amen.