"Who has known the mind of the Lord or who has been his counselor? Or who has given the Lord anything that he may be repaid?"
Most people in our culture are very intent on paying their own way for everything they receive in life. Not wanting to be dependent on or beholden to others, they work hard to appear as if they need nothing from anyone, even from God, and that is the problem.
The scriptures are clear. God's love for us is not for sale nor can we repay it in kind. Neither can we earn it. We must simply accept it humbly and give it away. In fact, the only way we can repay God for all that God does within and among us is to announce God's never ending love to all people, and even this response is initiated by God
In Psalm 119 we read: "Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures." Because God's word is eternal, we don't have to worry that it might not be there tomorrow. We might be too busy or not be able to hear it tomorrow, but God is not going anyplace. We have only to look at creation today to know this. The gift of fresh air, warm sun, cooling waters and everything that grows on the earth is available to us everyday and offers us just a hint of God's eternal love. We have only to enjoy creation and work to preserve it for future generations. That is how we repay God.
Today, be grateful for the simplest of gifts.
How do you express your gratitude to God?