is your favorite spice? My all-time
favorite spice is salt. I like
pepper, cumin, sage and many other spices, but I love salt.
we have approached the American food-festival of Thanksgiving, I started to
contemplate the true mean of the word. “Thanksgiving”
is used 43 times in the Word of God. After looking at those passages, it became
clear to me that thanksgiving should be treated as a precious spice.
Like salt, it is a preservative that should be dashed throughout our
life, our day and our walk.
As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.
believer’s walk in Christ requires the ever-present companion of thanksgiving.
Indeed, our every spiritual breath—Prayer—should be seasoned with the
aroma of thanksgiving.
anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with
thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God
Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving;
This theme is repeated throughout scripture. I believe it is clear that a thankless petitioner has little power in the throne room of God. The companion of prayer is thanksgiving.
really isn’t all that strange. We
can begin to see the spiritual power of thanksgiving when we look at a few key
will praise the name of God with a song,
And will magnify Him with thanksgiving.
has a peculiar ability to change the focus.
A magnifying glass focuses light. It
takes what is illuminated and increases that targeted area by expanding and
revealing the true character of the object examined.
Thanksgiving is a similar tool. It
focuses our area of interest away from the distractions on to the object worthy
of examination—God Himself. By
giving thanks, we swing the focus away from ourselves, our problems and our
wants to the One who should be our real focus.
By doing his, we give glory to God.
For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.
We understand that. We grasp the concept of thanking God. It is a part of our prayers. It is a part of our conversations. It should be a part of everything we do to the Glory of God. But there is one last point I want to make. It is critical to understanding thanksgiving. It is said best in this passage:
And when you offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the LORD, offer it of your own free will.
does not merely want manners. God
wants thankful hearts.
confess that my thanksgiving comes routine, prepared and often mechanical.
I preface my petitions with thanks to gain a hearing.
I often thank the Lord in my conversations, but neglect to offer Him the
gratitude of my heart. God
doesn’t want my manners, he wants my heart.
have meet many thankless people. Many
people say they have little to be thankful for.
I too have been guilty of thanklessness and self-pity.
I sympathize with their pains and problems, but I disagree with their
conclusion. A thankful heart is not
a heart made thankful by circumstances, it is a heart that thanks God despite
the circumstances. Thankfulness is
content in all circumstances of life (Phil 4:11)
Thanksgiving, let us not honor the Lord with words of thanks only, but with our
hearts. Let our minds rest in His
care and reflect back His love and goodness through our thankful hearts.
Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness,
And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving,
And declare His works with rejoicing.
Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; Sing praises on the harp to our God,