In addition to thanking God for what He has provided for us, we can also be thankful He has provided us with strength to go through challenging times. We can offer both a sacrifice of thanksgiving for God’s obvious provisions, and also when He has enabled us to go through, and work through, a difficult life experience. We can express our thankfulness to Him and we can share God’s love by sharing this experience with others. The key is to recognize from the beginning of the circumstance that He will provide, He will strengthen and enable and He will be with us.
What are you thankful for during COVID-19 that He has provided for you and/or provided the strength for you to do? Is there something you know you could not have possibly done on your own? Rather, you know God’s hand was upon you, for which you are so thankful.
“Those who sacrifice thank offerings honor Me, and to the blameless I will show My salvation.” Psalm 50:23
The concept of a voluntary Sacrifice of Thanksgiving has given me much food for thought over this past week. I kept thinking of all the things to be thankful to God for and how I could share that thanksgiving. And, I was the recipient of a gift from a friend and colleague as she also was impacted by the concept of a sacrifice of thankfulness. What a blessing it was to have the knock on my door and see her with a meaningful gift. She wanted to share her thankfulness and I was blessed. It comes to mind that this is similar to the modern day version of “paying it forward.” God has blessed us and we in turn can bless others by asking them to share in our thanksgiving to God. They are able to see a concrete example of God’s love, provision and faithfulness which in turn can encourage them to turn to Him for all circumstances. And, they in turn, can offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving.
I love to be creative. I enjoy having an idea and running with it. I also like to learn from others and things they have thought of doing. There are an infinite number of ways you can offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving. Listen to promptings or “nudgings” from the Holy Spirit. Be attentive to all the things to be thankful for. Decide to have a strong heart of thankfulness to God and look for opportunities to share this thankfulness with others.
“Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of His works with songs of joy.” Psalm 107:22
Here are some ideas to get you started on your journey of offering thanks and sharing your thankfulness. One of the beauties of a sacrifice of thanksgiving is that it is personal to you and God, personal to the blessing you are thanking God for, and personal to the others you want to share it with. Allow time to thank God and be sensitive to God’s direction on how you can share with others.
Have a wonderful week!
Bonny, Christian Women at Work