"When times get bad, people cry out for help. They cry for relief from being kicked around, But never give God a thought when things go well, when God puts spontaneous songs in their hearts." Job 35:9-10 (MSG)
There are several snippets of God's message that I've committed to memory. Some, because I consciously chose to memorize them, and others because they just seemed to stick their on their own. One of the lines that just sort of stuck is this one: "When you have eaten and are satisfied, thank the Lord your God for the good land he has given you."
That little verse comes up almost every time I enjoy a good meal. This week, as my wife and I have been vacationing with friends, we've spent every evening at the table together. Three families enjoying great food, great wine, and amazing conversation together. In that moment when I feel the satisfaction of being full, when I sigh with contentment and stretch back from the table, then the verse comes popping out of my soul. "When you have eaten and are satisfied, thank the Lord your God for the good land he has given you."
I don't want to be like those Elihu describes in Job 35. I'd like to spend every day recognizing and thanking God for the good land, good family, good friends, good chuch, and good home He has given me.