Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Are You Not Blessed?

If you have never read any books from the Lamplighter Rare Collector Series, then you are really missing out. I recently read The Battle by A.L.O.E., which is a sequel to one of my favorite Lamplighter books, The Giant Killer.

Since these books are fiction, I usually don’t find myself writing in them. However, one particular section in this book was very striking to me and earned an underline. It is a description of a character who is unthankful:

He never thanked the Almighty for the blessings of creation — for sight, hearing, and speech, for health of body, for the precious faculties of the mind. He never thanked the Lord for yet more wondrous mercies — for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory, for transgressions pardoned, for heaven purchased with the life's blood of God's only Son!

Reader, is it thus with you? Do petty cares weigh you down, petty sorrows overwhelm? Is the sunshine of life overclouded with discontent — do you receive God's blessings with a thankless spirit, and murmur under every trial which He sends you? The ancients said that the ungrateful man had but one sin, since ingratitude was one so hateful that all others beside it were forgotten. And do you think that your forgetfulness of benefits is less sinful because they are more than you can number, or your ingratitude a thing less odious because shown towards an almighty Benefactor?

This person's unthankfulness reminded another character of a hymn she knew entitled “Happiness,” which is included after the quote above. In each stanza, it describes some aspect of the Christian life and then ends with the same question: art thou not blest? I thought the verse below was the best of them all:

The captive debtor’s heart
Glows with delight indeed,
When from his hands the fetters fall,
His debts forgiven, cancelled all.
Oh thou, redeemed from Satan’s thrall,
Delivered, pardoned, freed,
Glows there no rapture in thy breast?
Ransomed of Christ! Art thou not blest?

What a great reminder of the undeserved blessings that are ours in Christ and how our hearts should be bursting with thankfulness to God for those blessings! If you have been blessed, praise God from Whom all blessings flow!

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