Just like that, we are on the final lap and it appears the days are running with jet speed as December 2012 draws to a close. I really think you ve got every reason to be thankful. I do not want us to get to the cross over/watch night/Tarry nite or whatever nomenclature you might have christened the New Year's Eve before we commence our thanksgiving for God's faithfulness and mercy toward you, your household and all that are precious to you.
This is your Season of Thanksgiving
2 Cor 2: 14 Now thanks (be) unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every places.
Eph 5; 20 Giving thanks always for all things to God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Psalm 100: 4 - 5 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful unto the Lord, and bless His Holy Name. For the Lord is good, His mercy is everlasting. And His truth endures to all generation.
What really is thanksgiving? Well, thanksgiving is not a passive activity or event. I have seen many in thanksgiving and it looks more to me like a silent prayer session. While I am not God and don't have any right to demand everyone to give thanks the way I think it should be done, I believe we have a guide and reference on this subject matter - the Bible.
My definition of thanksgiving - an active outward expression of appreciation and gratitude to someone or God for what has been done. Other definition says its the act of giving thanks; grateful acknowledgement of benefits or favours, especially to God; a public celebration in acknowledgement of divine favour or kindness.
Beloved, giving thanks is the big deal. I know the human nature desires appreciation and often feels deeply hurt, ignored or taken for granted when favours done to others are not acknowledged. Now, think about it - if God is human, many of us alive today would have been gone long time ago. We have taken God for granted for too long.
Think about what God has done in a single day alone: waking up of your own accord, you weren't woken up by fire outburst, a sick child; a death in the family; been able to sleep is even a gift; all the involuntary activities - breathing, blinking, coordinating your movements; ability to eat etc - do you know there are those who cannot do anything for themselves unless they are helped. Interestingly, they are still alive and they are grateful to God.
Beloved, I believe we owe God loads and loads of thanksgiving. That's why we must start now. Think about David in 2 Sam 6: 14. This is the biblical definition of thanksgiving - dancing before the Lord with all your might. Period, QED. This is the yardstick for which God will measure our gratitudes. Let everyone that has breathe Praise the Lord.
I know that one of the reasons we don't thank God the way we should do is because we feel God hasn't done what we expect Him to do. We come to this conclusion often when we compare ourselves with others to determine whether and why we should give Him thanks. We feel God has not done enough. You forgot that your previous praises might have been a reason for your current experiences and the key to future favours from God is your level of current gratitudes.
Do you know you can organise a thanksgiving session for things God is yet to do? This is activating your faith and telling God I believe you absolutely.
I want to close with the lyrics of a familiar song;
When you look at others with their lands and gold.
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings - money cannot buy (wealth can never buy)
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God has done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one.
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
Don't leave till tomorrow, what you can do today - why don't you identify one thing to thank the Lord for? What are you waiting for - just Do it NoW!!!
Shalom and Blessings!!!
From the Desk of
Pastor in the House