Deuteronomy 8.18 You shall remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth; that he may confirm his covenant which he swore to your fathers, as at this day.
Have you ever seen a covetousness? It is a strange sight, I saw one with 8 hands, 7 hands were full, but one was empty, and it was wailing for it was in need – it knew it was in need because it had a long neck, and spent most of its time looking over the fence into the neighbors yard – that how it knew it was in need, for it saw something that it didn’t have – and although the covetousness’s own yard was cluttered with stuff – the sound of the wailing was that it couldn’t live without this one thing, that it had just seen – it was wailing about its poor miserable life – it wailed about how it had nothing.
And I knew then why covetousness could never give thanks, for to giving thanks is part of prayer, and when we pray we fold our hands, and to fold our hand you need to let go of all the other stuff. You see, prayer is conversation with God, and God is worthy of our undivided attention. When we pray, God is at the center, but covetousness is always self centered.
To pray, you must know something about God – you must know he listens – you must know he is able to help – but more than all of this – you first must hear His gracious invitation – God calls us to him – God invites us to pray to him – but most of all – God promises to listen. God listens because he loves us – he shows his love in word and deed – So we have heard about God who has:
who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage,
who led you through the great and terrible wilderness,
who brought you water out of the flinty rock,
who fed you in the wilderness with manna
For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land
a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing,
all that you have is multiplied,
you shall eat and be full, and you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land he has given you.
lest, when you have eaten and are full, you forget the LORD your God,
Beware lest you say in your heart, My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.'
Take heed lest you forget the LORD your God, by not keeping his commandments
Remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth;
And that is why we have a national day of thanksgiving – to remember that is the grace of God which has brought us all that we have that is good. And as we remember all that God has poured into our lives, it is not hard to give thanks – for truly he has given us our daily bread, and so much more – He gives us a full and everlasting life in Jesus Christ.