Thank you Lord for your Love!
By Don Twobears
As I stated in my Previous article, “The Decision is still the Same”, I have a few other issues, where we often fail. Such as, we fail to give thanks, where thanks is deserved. Like I said, I spend a great deal of time watching people, they give thanks…on occasion. When it should be with every word we speak, every action we make, because it is by the Grace of our Lord, that we get the next Breath of air or the next Heartbeat. And so few realize this, yet we read;
John 15:5 “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
I see that many times, people are preoccupied in their daily troubles and fail to see where “Thanks” is required. It can be the weather, too hot or too cold, Body Ailments because of such, finances or the lack there of…yet you see where I am going with this. “Thanks” should be a requirement of all of us. We say “Grace” at the table or before we go to sleep, yet how many times do people give “Thanks” for simply waking up? The Lord has been vigilant with you, as you slept. HE maintained your Heart and your Breathing, as well as every other need in your body, are these things worthy of “Thanks?”
Few truly understand, giving true Thanks for a meal, when there are so very many that do not get a good meal, for some none at all. This is a sign of becoming complacent with our every day and yet there are many that make a dollar or two once a week, if that. More often than not, we have 3 well rounded meals a day. Yet 2/3 of the world MAY see one meal and not well rounded at that. Besides this, how many realize, what it takes for vegetation to grow and bear it own fruit? Try asking a farmer some time, you may be surprised at the answer. How many times a day, do we take our meal for granted, or the Rain and Sunshine. We fail to see, we did not make the soil nutrient rich, we did not make the Sun warm or help with Photo-synthesis process. This is for vegetables as well as our meats.
I am not sorry to say, I find myself walking about saying, “Thank you…Thank you…Thank you!,” because there is so much to be thankful for. I can’t help but wonder why giving thanks is such a problem. You wonder why we have the different seasons, well there are times the soil needs re-generation (Winter) Spring (a Time to get set up to grow a crop) Summer with it’s warm sunshine and a time for watering, Fall t prepare the ground for Re-generation. Come folks, we did not do this, the Lord God did…now how about continual Thanks? If you go outside, especially in Farming districts, you are surrounded by millions of reasons to give the Lord God HIS deserving Thanks. Why does the Holy Word of God, say “Pray without ceasing, In all things give thanks” This would be a great reason for that.
Last that I heard, it was the Lord God that put Iron in the ground and thus your Car or Truck in the end…give the Lord the Thanks! As a matter of fact, that includes everything to include your Body, Soul and Spirit! AGAIN…”Without me…ye can do nothing!” That verse rings in my ears all the time, thus my giving Thanks.
Here is something else to think on. This lack of Thanksgiving, could it be an indicator of all the other problems we experience in Life? And then we wonder why we have these problems, for some they shake their fist at God. We have dug our own hole of problems and what’s worse, we then wallow in it. Our Lord and Savior is indeed a Patient and understanding God…another reason for Thanks…right?! On top of all this, The Lord God Loved us enough (Despite all the above) to send HIS only Son to earth. What did we do, in our own infinite Wisdom?! We crucified HIM on a cruel Roman Cross, yet HE Loved us enough to endure even that…for you and I. “Thank you Lord…Thank you Lord!! Again and Again!!
This proves we all live a very small “Microcosm” of life and far too many times, we fail to see the Lord God is the reason we have life, HE deserves our continual Thanks and Love. Now we see ask the question…What do we have to complain about? Except for our own failures. I am saying it again, it is you and I and others across the world…we are the fallen species! The Holy Word of God proves that!
I know that John 3:16, is not the only passage of Scripture that show the Love of the Lord God. But is is a very good one and easy to remember.
I sort of get a kick out of shows about digging for Gold, or Silver and Diamonds, whatever. How many of them give the Lord Proper thanks for these minerals and then the notion by everyone else, that these are precious minerals? The lack of either, would translate into Gold being worthless…right? Obviously, there is a great deal going on here than the majority are willing to consider. And at the same time, so many can become fools about all these things, so the lack of Intellect is not the root of the problem. The Lack of the Lord God in their lives is! Knee-time is the best time!
Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
Obviously…there are a great many fools and only a handful of Wise and all you must do to prove that, is to listen to people talk. If you so desire and are of the inclination, ask someone about how often they Thank the Lord for all that they have. Sit back and watch their expressions, they may even wiggle in the chair in dis-comfort. Even in our Sin, the Lord is willing to bring it to mind and then it is up to us to decide what to do with it, either ask HIM to remove from us or…we can live in it. “Wallow in it” if you will.
We have our sayings, “Give credit where credit is due”, yet how odd is that we most often forget to Praise the Lord for all that we have? Again, “ The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge!” Fear…the word used means Respect…even Love!
Matthew 7:15-17 “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.”
To the point, is it not? And all this time, we thought we were so clever and smart…right?! Our Relationship with the Lord is the greatest need we have! There is now way for you or I to be more than a rock…if there is no Lord in our life…our Life would then be worthless.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
I use the King James version of the Bible and all emphasis is mine.
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