Thankfulness to God

November 21, 2018

 

Thankfulness to God

 

Acts 17:28

For in him we live, and move, and have our being…

 

Thanksgiving is always a good time for us to all reflect about who God is in our life and where we would be without Christ.  Can we live without God?  Yes, in a natural sense we can and many do, but without Him life is void of any eternal substance and meaning.  We can all go around the table and none of us should have any problem recounting many of the wonderful blessings and acts of God that He has performed in our lives in the past year.  The truth is our thankfulness should be going so much deeper and richer than just what God does for us.  The truth is the spirit of thankfulness and praise should be continually upon our lips and in our hearts everyday of the year.  As God becomes so much more to us than just a creator or some mystical, untouchable and unapproachable Being, we begin to understand how intricately our lives are tied to all that He is.  Without Him we don’t even exist.  The fact that we do exist and have life is a testimony to us that all that we are, all that we have, all that we ever will be, we owe to Him alone.  A lot of us get pretty big on ourselves; what we can do, what we have accomplished, how talented and gifted we are, but we have none of that without God’s gift to us.  He made us all that we are and all that we can be.  The wonderful thing is that even if we are one that has inherent weaknesses or shortcomings, we can still look to God to be our strength in our weakness.  Often it is the weak ones who best understand the strength and uplifting power God can have in our lives.  Because of their weakness they are not focused on themselves and their accomplishments, they are focused on the One who is their strength in the midst of their weakness.  Our God is the source of our life and it only stands to reason that even more than our parents He should be honored, reverenced and receive all of the glory for what we have.

How do we move through our lives?  Do we have a sense of destiny or purpose?  Is it true what they say, “that he that dies with the most toys wins?”  As much as many of us are invested in materialism one might think that this is our ultimate goal.  When we come to know our God and His Word, we grasp that we move through this life not to be mere individuals who have breath for a few short years and return to dust.  God has made us eternal spirits who temporarily inhabit these mortal bodies, but what we accomplish in these mortal bodies through our actions, attitudes, words and faith, impacts others and us for all of eternity.  Eternal destiny and position is determined in the few short years of our temporal existence.  We have been given the choice, to live only for the temporary or to invest our mortality into the eternal.  These lives that we now possess are a gift and no one knows just how long we have this gift to make a difference in others and ourselves.  As we move through our lives we need to have that sense of destiny, purpose and commitment that all that we are should be to His glory and to fulfill His purpose in us.

In Him we have our being.  We know that God is all around us.  We know that as believers God has come to reside in our spirits.  Most all of us know God’s omnipresence, but how many of us know His manifest presence?   Deuteronomy 34:10 says of Moses, “And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face.”  James 2:23 says of Abraham, “And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.”  These were men that knew God, not from a distance, they didn’t just know the acts of God as Israel did; they knew God up close and personal.  They had not only an intimate encounter with God, but also an intimate life with Him.  This is the state of being that is God’s desire for us, that in Him we, with each breath, live and move and have our being.  Christ has made the way for us to approach His throne boldly and come into His awesome presence.  Our greatest desire and purpose should be that this is not just a place of visitation, but a place of habitation.

Are there truly words or expressions of thanksgiving that exist that could adequately honor and appreciate the Lord our God in whom we live and move and have our being?

Blessings,

#kent

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