Beyond the Weekend

November 4 | The Gratitude Enemy

November 4, 2021


When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. Deuteronomy 8:10

Read: Deuteronomy 8:10-18
Deuteronomy 8


The Israelites are in the land between. They’ve left behind the slavery of Egypt and are on the cusp of entering the land God promised them. It’s described as a land flowing with milk and honey and significantly different from the wilderness. God has some instructions for them. He tells them to remember God’s part in providing for them because it will be easy for them to forget. They will soon start to think the food they have on the table is because of their work in their fields, vineyards or groves. They will forget it is God who gave them the land and provided the sun and rain. They will forget it is God who gives them the very breath they breathe and their minds so they can solve problems. God tells them to remember.

We desperately need the same message. It is easy for us to forget—and forgetting is an enemy of gratitude. When we look at a meal on our table, pull into our driveway or check the balances on our retirement accounts—we can think we made them that way. We played a part, but we often only consider our role and completely discount God. God created us in his image, giving us the ability to reason, think and create. He’s created the water, sun, plants and animals. We need to remember all good things come from God.


Join the Ada Bible Worship Team in worshiping God through the song, “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.” The lyrics powerfully remind us that we are “prone to wander” and forget that it is God who provides. As you write down your three thankful things and recognize the goodness of God today—may it bind your heart to God’s.


Join us this year as we read through the New Testament.

Today’s reading is James 2.

Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.

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