By Kenneth W. Hagin
It has been observed, and correctly so, that the thinking process precedes the thanking process. It’s not until we give thought to something that we can begin to give thanks for it. In other words, we have to think about something before we can put expression to it.
So let’s take a few moments to think about God. God is all-knowing, all-powerful, and ever-present. There is none like Him. God is not in a grave—we don’t have to make a pilgrimage to worship Him or to pay Him honor or respect. No, He’s alive and well, and He is with us and in us! God is magnificent and He is above everything else. He is full of goodness, mercy, and wisdom. And He watches over those of us who are in His loving care.
Most fathers take great care to watch over their families and to take care of them. That’s part of our responsibility as a husband and a father. Matthew 7:11 says, “If ye then, being evil [or natural], know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?”
God—El Shaddai, the God who’s more than enough—watches over us. He is Jehovah Jireh, our provider. He is Jehovah Rapha, the God who heals us. He is the Lord of hosts, who will fight for us. He is Lord of lords and God of gods!
God is the Greater One who lives inside each and every one of us who belong to Him (1 John 4:4). He is Almighty God in the midst of us, mighty to save (Zeph. 3:17). Think about that! We should give thanks continually for the God we serve!
But, before you can begin to thank God wholeheartedly, you have to think about these things—about Who God is and about Who God is to you. You must realize that your relationship with God is what has brought you to where you are. You have been redeemed. You have been reconciled. You have been raised up with Christ and made to sit with Him in heavenly places (Eph. 2:6).
We can’t think about God without thinking about what Christ did for us in His death, burial, and resurrection. We were redeemed, reconciled, and raised up by the shed blood of the Lamb—of the Lord Jesus Christ. Because of Christ, we are victorious. Through Him, we can enter the Presence of God. All the promises of God are “yes and amen” through Him (2 Cor. 1:20)! Friend, that’s something to think about!
Just as it pleases an earthly father whose children show gratitude for the things he does for them, God—our Heavenly Father—wants His children to be thankful. What does being thankful do? It helps us keep our priorities straight. It helps us trust God so we can allow Him to be God in our lives. It enables us to live above the cares and concerns of life. And being thankful allows us to remain conscious of God and of spiritual things—of what exists beyond where we are right now.
When we offer thanks and praise to God, He inhabits those praises (see Ps. 22:3), and we enter into a deeper fellowship with Him than ever before. We communicate with Him on a deeper level, and allow Him to communicate with us. Our praise cultivates an atmosphere in which God can move on our behalf, and prepares us to receive His many blessings.
Spend some time thinking about God and about who He is. The Psalmist David said, “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth” (Ps. 34:1). How could David praise God continually? Because he was praising and thanking God for Who He is. God is good, and God never changes (Mal. 3:6; Heb. 13:8)! So if you’re going to praise God based on Who He is, that means you can praise Him and give thanks continually, just as David did.
Thankfulness is the doorway connecting us from a place of reflecting on God and His goodness to a place of receiving from Him whatever we need right now. So I encourage you to think about God and His goodness every day. Then, we can give expression to our thoughts as we give Him thanks for who He is, for what He has done, and for what He shall do in our lives through our praise.
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