Giving thanks is an attitude that shows maturity in our walk with the Lord. The Psalmist wrote: “I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart.” (Psalm 9:1a) We can choose to grumble or we can choose to give thanks for what we have, be it a little or a lot. As Paul said, “for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” (Philippians 4:11b) Paul is an extremely reliable person on this topic. He was in prison much of his life and also ridiculed by many men of his day for his faith in God being persecuted as he was, he always found time to give thanks
Being thankful must be constant Colossians 3:17 say, “and whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Whether we are working, driving, jogging, eating, breathing or showering, we are told to be thankful. The point is that there is always something to be thankful for. While Paul was being tortured in prison he prayed for the churches that he had started and visited. He cared about the people there. Every single time he remembered them he thanked God for them. “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” (Philippians 1:3) How much stronger would our churches be today if we all thanked God for our fellow brothers and sisters every time we remembered them? Can you imagine how fruitful the work of the church would be?
We should be thankful when praying “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6) This is not easy sometimes. I remember when I lost my earthly father, I was shattered, and it was like the whole world was coming down on me. I cried like them that had no hope, In the midst of my cries of agony I often found myself at a loss for words and thankfulness because as much as I wanted to thank God, I had so many questions to ask God on why He didn’t save my father’s life. I allowed emotion to take over, forgetting that there is always room for thanksgiving in every situation. I could have thanked God that my father has gone to rest; I could have thanked God that he is not among the old ‘mad’ men roaming about the street. There were many reasons to thank God at that time, however, when I focused on the craziness I lost focus on the importance of relying on God.
The Consequences of Not Being Thankful
“For although they knew God, they did not honour him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” (Romans 1:21) If you choose to not give thanks to God, you are in for much trouble. Your thinking will become futile. Your heart will become darkened. Remember Pharaoh from Exodus? God hardened his heart and the results were devastating. Pharaoh lost his first born son. (Exodus 12:29) He lost much of his army in the Red Sea. (Exodus 14:26-30) When you choose to puff yourself up and leave God behind, you will face calamity eventually.
Giving thanks is something that should be a part of every Christian’s life. Think of things today that you can be thankful for and think about them as much as possible! Give thanks to God for all he has blessed you with and even what He is yet to do for you. He is worthy of all of our praise.
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Personal declaration for the day:
I will bless the Lord at all times and His praises will continually be in my mouth.
Questions for you to reflect on:
How often do thanks God and why?