Giving Thanks To God - T.Smith

How often have we heard a parent tell a child to say “thank you” for something that was received? We seem to be living in a time when good manners are a thing of the past. Many never seem to acknowledge any of the blessings they enjoy. The words “thank you” are all to often left out of the modern day vocabulary. Sadly, this trend has spilled over into man’s relationship with God. Not only do some forget God altogether, some never stop to thank Him for the many blessings and benefits that are enjoyed each and every day.  The Bible tells us to be thankful (Psalms 50:14 “Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High.”  1 Thessalonians 5:18 “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”)

In his letter to the church at Corinth Paul wrote, “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift” (2 Corinthians 9:15). The word thanksgiving is used three times in 2 Corinthians 9:11-15. The passage emphasizes the fact that God should be honored and thanked for all that is made possible by Him. Psalms 100 should cause us to acknowledge our need and dependence on Him, “it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture” (Psalms 100:3). We praise and honor His name because He is the creator of all. One of the highest forms of God’s power and authority is revealed in His act of creation, “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well” (Psalms 139:14). It seems that even Christians today often forget the many blessings from His hand. Sometimes men only think about their our own personal problems. Israel was like that. They had been set free from the bondage of Egyptian slavery, yet, they forgot the blessings they had been given and begun to murmur and complain, “And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness” (Exodus 16:2). This attitude brought punishment to the Israelites (Numbers 11:1, 4-6, 21:5). They grumbled and were not at all thankful.

We should continually thank Him for the “unspeakable gift.” The word “unspeakable” is defined as “indescribable or not expressed fully.” The apostle states that are no words that can adequately describe this gift. The mind of men cannot comprehend the greatness of the gift of Christ which was given to the world (John 3:16). How can we understand the cruel death that Jesus endured to save sinners? Every person needs the blessing found in this “unspeakable gift” because “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). We should continually give thanks to God because He gave the precious gift of His Son who brought the hope of salvation to all men. Paul wrote, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). Our words fail us when trying to express the beauty and value of the Father’s gift. However, we can continually thank Him daily for the blessings of His for His "
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