Throughout my many years of walking with God, I have learned that as important as it is for us to praise Him for his goodness in our answered prayers- We must also strive to do this with the unanswered prayers, or the things that we may think God doesn’t care about. As I acknowledged my need to praise Him more frequently for the things He provides for me that I’m not even aware of I was reminded of Psalm 34:8 which says, “Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!” (NLT) Each time I read this verse it means something new to me. Recently, I was reminded of this truth when I look back over the last several years and realize just how richly blessed I am to be a daughter of the King!
Although it is much easier to thank Him for His goodness and blessings when we’re in the midst of a storm, we need to be thankful for His goodness in everything no matter our circumstance. When I think about people who understood what it meant to be thankful in Jesus’ time I remembered how Jesus healed the ten people of Leprosy. (Luke 17:12-19) As I studied this story I began examining my own life by imagining how I would react to that situation. Out of those ten who were healed, only one gave the initiative to actually run to Jesus just to express his overwhelming sense of appreciation and gratitude for being healed. I asked myself this question: How many times have I found myself running back to God after He does something for me just to tell him how thankful I am? Honestly, this lesson was a very hard pill for me to swallow, but humbling at the same time. All too often I find myself being like the other lepers that just kept walking, rather than like the one who took it upon himself to show his gratitude for what Jesus had done by simply saying “Thank you, Jesus.” My prayer for myself and anyone who reads this is that we will strive to be more like that one leper who understood the value of sincere gratitude.
Lastly, I think these words from 1 Thessalonians 5:18 are a perfect reminder of what it means to have a thankful and more Christ-centered attitude!
Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. (NLT)
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