Ps.106:1 “Hallelujah! Thank you, Lord! How good you are! Your love for us continues on forever.” (TLB)
We start today’s devotional with our final thoughts from yesterday which is, why should you and I live a life of thanksgiving to God? You and I should live a life of thanksgiving to God because of who He is and because of what He has done. The truth is that God does not want us to ever forget what He has done for us. What has God done for you this year? What has God done for you these past months? God does not want you to ever forget it. Ps. 9:14b “I will praise you and rejoice because you saved me!” (NCV, emphasis added). God does not want us to ever forget that He saved us, so He instituted the Holy Communion. The root word is Eucharist and simply means giving thanks. Every time we have Holy Communion, we are giving thanks to Jesus for what He has done for us. If we live our lives as a thank you note to God because of who God is and because of what He has done, that is more than enough.
But there is a third reason why we should always thank Him, and it is because of what He has promised. God has good plans for you. If it is just to die on the cross, that is enough. If it is just being God by Himself, that is enough. But God has promises in store for you. What I am saying is this, God has not finished doing the good things in your life. It does not matter how old you think you are. It does not matter if you think you have seen the best days of your life. God has brought you into His presence today to tell you that He has not finished doing the good things in your life. Do not give up; God has not finished with you just yet; God is not done yet. You are under construction. Ps.71:22a “I will praise you . . . because you are faithful to your promises.” (emphasis added). Not only do we thank Him for who He is, not only do we thank Him for what He has done, but we also thank Him for what He is set to do. God is set to do amazing things in your life. So, thank Him because He is faithful to His promises. We have highlighted three reasons why we should live our lives in thanksgiving to God. Go ahead and search for more.
Now you know why, and I believe that you agree with why, so the next question is how? Sometimes, people do things that they believe are required by God, but it is not actually required by God. Someone shared about how he found someone that had emaciated and was almost dying. Naturally, he asked to know what was going on and the man said he was fasting for twenty-one days, no food, no water. Why? Some prophet had told him that his sins are plenty, so he needs to fast for twenty-one days so that God can forgive him and cleanse him. He agreed to do it because he acknowledged that his sins are indeed plenty. If he drops dead, his sins remain. The truth is, it is not our fasting that takes away our sins. It is nothing but the blood of Jesus. Knowing that you have to do something, does not mean you will know what is required of you. In tomorrow’s devotional, we will get into the ‘how’.
Prayer: Father, I thank You for who You are, I thank You for all You have done, and I thank You for the promise of things to come. Lord, I am grateful, in Jesus Name. Amen!