BIBLE READING: ISAIAH 51:3; JOHN 6:11
“I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the Name of the Lord.” Psalm 116:17(NKJV).
From our previous devotionals, we have clearly seen that provision never ceases upon the table of an ardent giver of thanks. Nature itself teaches us that human beings tend to become more favourably disposed to the grateful by default and less so to ingrates. Sometimes it isn’t convenient to show gratitude when we fix our eyes upon our misfortunes rather than our fortunes, therefore, the Bible tells us to “continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His Name.” (Hebrews 13:15). In other words, the most valuable form of thanksgiving to God is that which is offered in the midst of crisis and troubles. This is the type that triggers off never ending increase.
Under the Influence of the Holy Spirit, Jeremiah the prophet spoke about the restoration of Israel and Judah after the Babylonian captivity which lasted for seventy long years: “Then out of them shall proceed thanksgiving, and the voice of them who make merry; I will multiply them, and they shall not diminish. I will also glorify them and they shall not be small.” (Jeremiah 30:19).
As a result of their idolatry and persistent sin, the Southern Kingdom of Judah was taken captive by King Nebuchadnezzar into Babylon, about a hundred and thirty-three years after the Northern Kingdom was taken captive by the Assyrians. The Jews spent seventy years in exile and didn’t know what the future held for them, until King Cyrus the Persian issued the proclamation of emancipation which liberated them. However, Prophet Jeremiah had given them the prophetic strategy decades earlier. A heart of thanksgiving activated multiplication amongst them even to the point where “their nobles shall be from among them and their governor shall come from their midst….”(Jeremiah 30:21). Both Zerubabbel and Nehemiah, future governors of Jerusalem, stand out as fulfilments of this prophecy.
What you have in your hands and at your disposal may be deemed inadequate. The resources you have may barely meet your basic needs. However, a wise man once said, “I was crying because I had no shoes until I saw someone who had no legs.” God doesn’t get glory from our setbacks but He must get glory in spite of our setbacks. Just like our Lord Jesus, present those five loaves and two fish before Him with gratitude and experience never ending increase. Such is the power of Thanksgiving for our God is able to do “exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” (Ephesians 3:20).
Heavenly Father, all the Glory and Praise we ascribe to You alone. Thank You for everything You have done for us throughout the year. We also thank You, O Lord, for the anticipated increase in every area of our lives in Jesus’ Mighty Name.