My Musings in the Morning
('musing' = a period of reflection or thought)
"My heart was hot within me, while I was musing, the fire burned: then I spoke with my tongue:"
#2: It all begins with giving thanks to God
"For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools" (Romans 1:21-22)
It is my firm belief that we have never grasped the importance of thanking God every moment of every day in our lives. In his first letter to the Thessalonian church, Apostle Paul exhorts that we should give thanks to God 'in' everything; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for us. However, it is very much possible that we neither think about God nor we are thankful to Him for what He is doing each & every day of our lives. Many times we only profess to give a 'lip-service' thanks to God when we wake up in the morning, during our meal times, on our birthday, during the year-end service or, even on the 'Thanksgiving Day' that occurs in the fourth Thursday of November of every year.
God's word is clear that it all begins with giving thanks to God if we are to end up either as 'wise' or as 'fools'. We all know that God exists, but it matters greatly whether we are thankful to Him or not, each and every day of our lives. The scripture text (above from the book of Romans) describes our downward fall, when after 'knowing' about God, we do not glorify Him by acknowledging Him as the source of all our blessings & give Him thanks:
- Our thoughts become vain or futile as God is out of our thought process.
- Without the light of God's wisdom and Word, our hearts become darkened.
- Although we think we are 'worldly' wise, we actually become 'fools' in the sight of God.
- The evidence of the fact that we have become fools is that we end up denying even the existence of God. The fool says in his heart, “there is no God” (Psalms 14:1).
Let's end up in becoming wise in attracting others towards God as "those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever" (Daniel 12:3).
Be blessed as you purposefully express your thanks to God today!
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