Monday Vitamins: Truths from a mealtime prayer

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Recently, I have been reflecting on truths found in prayers seen as prayers for children. Today I turn my attention to the one below, known as a mealtime prayer for children.

God is great, God is good.
Let us thank Him for our food.
By His hands, we are fed.
Let us thank Him for our bread.

I see several truths that we all can benefit from knowing and remembering in all seasons, regardless of our age.

God is great
Definitions of “great”* include remarkable in magnitude, degree, or effectiveness and chief or preeminent over others. Deuteronomy 10:17 is one of many verses in the Bible which speak powerfully of the greatness, the preeminence of our God. “For the Lord your God is the God of gods and the Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, the awesome God who does not show partiality nor take a bribe.” (AMP)

God is good
God is unchanging in His character and there is no unrighteousness in Him . As such even when our circumstances can invite us to question His goodness, we can rest assured that He is always good, as the following verses declare:

“For the Lord is good; His mercy and lovingkindness are everlasting, His faithfulness [endures] to all generations.” (Psalm 100:5, AMP)

“The Lord is good to all, And His tender mercies are over all His works [the entirety of things created].” (Psalm 145:9, AMP)

“O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; For His compassion and lovingkindness endure forever! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the adversary, And gathered them from the lands, From the east and from the west, From the north and from the south”. (Psalm 107:1-3, AMP)

Let us thank Him for our food.
By His hands, we are fed.
Let us thank Him for our bread.

The story of the nation of Israel’s journey from bondage in Egypt, their 40 year sojourn in the wilderness due to their disobedience, and finally the arrival into the promised land of the descendants of those who died in the wilderness, is one replete with God’s miraculous provision of food and other needs. The Bible also records God’s provision of food for His servant, Elijah the prophet, through ravens and then a widow. Some of us reading this post have also experienced His provision in miraculous ways which left no room for doubt that He was the Source. Most of us, however, experience His daily provision through ordinary, non-spectacular means and unfortunately, without realizing it, view our jobs and our hard work as the source of our provision. The truth is He is our Source and we owe Him everything we have. Let us thank Him, not just with our lips but out of the overflow of grateful hearts.

*Merriam-Webster

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