Friday, November 4, 2011
How Do We Thank God?
Enter into His gates with Thanksgiving
and into his courts with praise.
Psalm 100:4 (NKJV)
Often I wonder if we give thanks to God in ways acceptable to Him. Do we say thank you to Him as we prepare to do or say something else?
You know the scene, “Thank you, God for the nice day-Oops, gotta be somewhere in three minutes.
Sometimes, we say the words but don’t mean it in our hearts. We see others do this in our world, but might we also do it to God? Our words are what we believe God wants us to say but inside we aren’t thrilled with the outcome. We shouldn’t have even tried to voice out ‘phony’ thanks because God already knows what we really think. Our thankfulness is supposed to be an overflow of what’s in our heart.
We don’t mean to be unthankful. Our schedules get too busy. We forget we have to rest, to eat or take care of ourselves. Some of us bring this busyness upon ourselves because we don’t establish priorities in our lives.
Two of my closest friends have chosen to make their families especially their husbands a priority in their plans. In each instance the husband has had health crises that could have taken them from this earth. Both these women are thankful for their husband’s recovery; they show their thankfulness by their obedience to God.
Several years ago, a dear Christian lady had to become almost homebound herself because her husband had a severe stroke. She also had her own health issues to deal with during this time. She moved herself and her husband back to their home state in order to be near her brothers. This was hard on her but she felt it was what she needed to do. She got better care for him after they moved. God was in this. She also displayed thankfulness to God by being obedient.