How would you feel if you won the lottery?

Pretty amazing, I’d imagine!

And the feelings of joy and gratitude at your good fortune would last for a long time, wouldn’t they?

Um, maybe not.

Researchers have discovered that positive feelings following a stroke of good luck soon subside and return to baseline. By the same token, people eventually adjust back to their baseline after some misfortune has befallen them.

This phenomenon is called “hedonic adaptation.” Whether your situation is good or bad, you get used to it.

I wonder if something like this happened to the children of Israel after being freed from slavery in Egypt.

They’d seen God do miraculous wonders for them: striking Egypt with plagues, parting the Red Sea, and providing manna from Heaven for them to eat in the desert.

Nevertheless, they soon lost sight of the wondrous things God had done for them. They seemed to take for granted His miracles and mighty works. They came to accept them as normal, perhaps even as their due.

Soon, the astonishing miracle of food appearing for them each day became old hat to them. It wasn’t good enough anymore; they wanted meat.

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They got used to the miracles, and very quickly lapsed into grumbling and complaining.

If we’re not careful, the same thing can happen to us.

We can start to take God and His provision for granted.

We can forget the wondrous miracle of our salvation and having been freed from bondage to sin.

We can view God’s lovingkindness towards us as our due, and start to grumble when He doesn’t immediately answer our prayers the way we want.

We can “adapt” to the astonishing fact that the Creator of the Universe loves us, wants a relationship with us, and went to the incomprehensible length of sending His Son to die on a Cross so that the gulf between a holy God and sinful humans could be bridged.

We can make the mistake of viewing all this as old hat.

My friends, let’s not “get used to” the unfathomable miracle of God’s love for us. Let’s keep this as fresh in our hearts as when our salvation was new to us.

“For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ.” (Hebrews 3:14)

Let’s bring to mind regularly the wonderful things God has done for us. Let’s tell our families and friends about God’s love.

“But watch out! Be careful never to forget what you yourself have seen. Do not let these memories escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren.” (Deuteronomy 4:9)

Let’s not be like the children of Israel, who treated the miraculous as mundane.

Instead, let’s praise God with joy and awe for His wondrous works, and never take Him for granted!

“Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me.”

psalm 103:2

© 2022 Lori J. Cartmell. All rights reserved.

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