So often people say – Thank God. Which God? Do they know Him and do they know what He can do?
More often than not, it is non-Christians who say it, especially in relief when something unexpectedly turns out for good. The same people smoothly dish out the blame onto the same God for everything going wrong, from natural disasters to the disastrous consequences of their own foolish choices. Between wonder and calamity they confidently have right and wrong comfortably under control.
And not a creature exists that is concealed from His sight, but all things are open and exposed, naked and defenseless to the eyes of Him with Whom we have to do. [Hebrews 4:13]
Christians usually (or should) think twice before they say thank God. I am fully aware of what I say and say it with my whole heart with all the sincerity and gratefulness I can muster. I am truly thankful. I thank God that I know Him and learn about His character and wondrous works daily. It is my life purpose, my strong resolve, my first and foremost priority…. to know Him in the power of His resurrection.
For my determined purpose is that I may know Him, that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly, and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection…. Philippians 3:10 AMPC
I gave up all that inferior stuff so I could know Christ personally, experience his resurrection power, be a partner in his suffering, and go all the way with him to death itself. If there was any way to get in on the resurrection from the dead, I wanted to do it. [The Message]
This is the core principle for a life of abundance. Let us then give thanks with a heart fully saturated with the glory of our Father. This is the true Thanksgiving.
He is your praise, and He is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things, which your eyes have seen.
In the praises of His people you will find God’s dwelling place. In the place where you thank Him is the secret place, the shadow of the Almighty.
2 Chronicles 5:13:
-indeed it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying:
“For He is good, For His mercy endures forever,”
that the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud..
Fill up your house with testimonies of the wondrous works of our Father. Let your children know where you go for outcome and provision in need.
Remember the stones – the pebbles of perpetuity – Joshua 4:
…that this may be a sign among you when your children ask in time to come, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’
May the Lord dwell in your Thanksgiving. Be greatly blessed!