Their thanksgiving and praise was based on two things: bringing to remembrance the mighty acts that God had done previously for His people, and thanking Him for what he was doing presently.
There are times it may seem that God is not doing anything in your life, but He is always active in and around you. He’s always been active in your life even before you knew Him and is presently active in your life right now. Being conscious of this will lead to a continual lifestyle of thanksgiving. It’s a miraculous fact that the infinite God who created and maintains the universe is always active in and around you.
King David knew the importance of remembering or (making a record) of what God had done in the past or what God was doing presently, so he employed people to write down God’s activities in the tabernacle. Remembering with thanksgiving what God has done in the past, and for what he’s doing in the present guarantees that you have a great future of blessing in store. When Israel wandered in the wilderness, it was because they forgot God’s promises and murmured. The basis of moving forward toward your destiny is to remember what God has done in your past and give Him thanksgiving and praise today. Thanksgiving is such an important practice and could be considered the major key to future blessings. Your present state of gratitude secures a wonderful future. There is enough evidence in God’s Word to indicate that God waits for us to give Him thanks for things He did for us before we receive future blessings.
Look at the following scripture:
It happened that as he made his way toward Jerusalem, he crossed over the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten men, all lepers, met him. They kept their distance but raised their voices, calling out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” Taking a good look at them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” They went, and while still on their way, became clean. One of them, when he realized that he was healed, turned around and came back, shouting his gratitude, glorifying God. He kneeled at Jesus’ feet, so grateful. He couldn’t thank him enough—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus said, “Were not ten healed? Where are the nine? Can none be found to come back and give glory to God except this outsider?” Then he said to him, “Get up. On your way. Your faith has healed and saved you.” Luke 17:11-19.
Jesus was surprised that only one man returned to give thanks. He was waiting for all of them to return with gratitude. Notice that the one who did return received more than the rest. Thanksgiving is so powerful it guarantees you will get more from God because you are not forgetful to return to give him thanks. Jesus appeared to wait at the same spot for all of the lepers to return to give him thanks.
Perhaps God is waiting at the last place where he blessed you before you receive any more blessings? There’s something very powerful about thanking him for what he has done in your life. The fulfilment of your destiny may depend on it.
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