Proverbs 27: 7 The sated appetite spurns honey, but to a ravenous appetite even the bitter is sweet.

In ancient times, honey was considered something of a delicacy. It was hard to come by and only the privileged ate it. Who would turn away honey? Someone whose belly was already very full. However, for someone who was really hungry, any decent food is like a gift from heaven. Honey would be a God-send!

This is the problem of many of us living in the U.S. or other wealthy nations. We are used to having so much abundance, we take things for granted. Rather than resulting in overwhelming gratitude, our prosperity can lead to discontent. We can behave as if what we have, though luxurious by any global standard, is not good enough. We want better! Bigger!

It should not be so.

Heavenly Father, you are so good to us. We have all we need and more. Yet, if we’re honest, we can sometimes act like spoiled children. Rather than be grateful, we complain. We focus on what we don’t have rather than what we do have. Give us grace to experience genuine satisfaction with the abundance with which you bless us every day. For we ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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