By Dennis J. De Haan
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving . . . . Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. —Psalm 100:4
On my way to work one day I saw a bumper sticker that read: “Did you thank a green plant today?” Plants are essential to the balance of nature. They release oxygen into the air. They’re also a source of food, fuel, medicine, and building materials.
Was the bumper sticker suggesting that because we are so dependent on plants we should actually thank them? If that’s what the driver believes, he certainly has a lot to learn about who should receive our gratitude.
Nature bears marvelous testimony to the wisdom of the Creator. The interdependence of one life-form on another makes us realize that we’re part of a complex system characterized by beauty and balance. But to direct our praise to nature reminds us of Paul’s indictment of those who “worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator” (Romans 1:25). God alone is worthy of our gratitude! He set our world in motion, and He sustains it by His power.
Yes, it’s wonderful to be alive, and deep feelings of appreciation often well up within us. But we must always center our devotion on the One who not only provides the air we breathe but also gives us eternal life through faith in Christ.
I’d like to see that bumper sticker changed to: “Did you thank God today?”
Wind and water, light and sod
Speak with faithful lips for God;
May we give to Him our praise
For the goodness He displays. —Anon.
When you think of all that’s good, give your thanks to God.
Devotional forwarded to you by:
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NCCP Ecumenical Ministry – Church of the Risen Lord
University of the Philippines, Diliman Campus, QC