SATURDAY 12TH AUGUST, 2017 READ – DAY: Act 26; Night: Prv 17-19
THEME: LET YOUR THANKS BE FULL
TEXT: 2 CHRONICLES 31:1-2
HYMN: EMHB 10 – Now thank we all our God.
According to our Bible passage today, when King Hezekiah, one of Israel’s best Kings, saw what God had done for Israel by restoring the temple, his heart was so filled with joy, he instructed his people to gather together and give thanks to God. The heart of appreciating God’s goodness in one’s life, no matter the situation of the country, wills open doors for greater blessings.
The late Cleon Lyles told a story about an elderly man he visited in South Arkansas Community. The man lived in a tin-roofed shack. In the porch, he (Cleon) could see through the window that the man had just finished his meager meal of beans and salted pork. The man bowed his head and prayed “I thank Thee Lord, I have dined sufficiently.”
We can learn a lot of great lessons from the story. First, the man was happy though he was poor. We can infer from the story that the old man’s life was one of joy and peace. Thankfulness produces joy to the giver. When one is grateful for something done to him or her, he/she receives more of such gifts and blessings. The more you give, too, the more you receive. Therefore, people who give are happy people. They never lack.
Secondly, we give thanks to God not because of what we have but because God is faithful to us. With a heart of gratitude a meal of beans and salt pork can become a royal feast. Blessings often follow gratitude. A person who is not thankful for N100 given him or her would, most likely, not be thankful for ten million Naira. An attitude of gratitude is a condition of the heart. Always let your thanks be full and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
MEMORY VERSE: 2 Corinthians 4:7 “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us”.
PRAYER: Grant, O merciful Father, the spirit to be grateful and offer our thanksgiving to You all our lives in Jesus’ name. Amen.