Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – November 23, 2014
One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. Luke 17:15-16
Gratitude cannot keep quiet. Like a giddy fan at their favorite sporting event, emotions explode in cheers over a well-executed play. Heartfelt thanksgiving has to escape and express itself to those who contributed to this cause for joy. If verbal gratitude is withheld, then those who remain silent miss out on bringing public praise to God. Ultimately, Jesus is behind every good gift, and often He uses His people in the process of blessing.
An outcast of society becomes an insider with God through thoughtful and verbal thanksgiving to Him. Do you still exhibit a humble attitude of gratitude, or have you graduated beyond gratefulness? In fact, the more you grow in the grace of God, the more thankful you become. You show up and speak up with thanksgiving. At work you thank your team leader for employment and trust God with opportunities for advancement. Open wide your mouth with words of thanksgiving, and watch the Lord do wonderful works around you. Gratitude speaks up to its Savior!
“We have enjoyed a long period of peace under you, and your foresight has brought about reforms in this nation. Everywhere and in every way, most excellent Felix, we acknowledge this with profound gratitude” (Acts 24:2-3).
Related Readings: Psalm 147:7; Jonah 2:9; Romans 16:4; Colossians 4:2
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