It is not difficult to remember God when things are hard, but it is when things are good. Somehow when we are content, or even being truly blessed from above, we seem to forget God. Maybe the unexpected windfall comes our way. Maybe it's a job promotion we never applied for. Maybe it's good news we never expected. Maybe it's simply a motivating affirmation that was unexpected. Whatever the situation, do we stop and rejoice in the source of this gift or do we simply wallow in the joy of receiving it?
How would you feel if as you were marvelling about your good gift, and a stranger, a non-believer, said to you that it was from God? I think I would be a little chagrined for not having realized this myself. But this is exactly what happens in this story in Genesis.
“It’s all right,” he said. “Don’t be afraid. Your God, the God of your father, has given you treasure in your sacks." (Genesis 43:23)
How amazing is that!
When we look into the sacks of our lives what do we see? Sometimes the sack is empty and then we undoubtedly pray to God to fill it. We pray for his help, his abundance, knowing Jesus says he will...
"Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." (Luke 6:38)
Do we fall before our God and give Him thanks for his awesome dealings with us - blessing us with more than we would expect, or do we forget that author of all good gifts, keeping our communication with him to petitions rather than praise, to asking rather than adoration.
May it be then that we give God thanks, for without doubt, he will, and does give us treasure in our sacks. Look into the sack of your life again, look carefully and see the silver that God has placed there, that all too often we forget to acknowledge, or worse - fail to even see!
"Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things." (Psalm 107:8-9)