Thursday, November 24, 2016

What Thanks Really Means

Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for men, for He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.
Psalm 107:8-9 (NIV)

I’m fascinated by the original meaning of Biblical words. Andy Lee, one of my favorite authors, feeds my curiosity in her Word Wednesday blog. Appropriately, she examined the word ‘thanks’ in Psalm 107 for the week of Thanksgiving.

So much more is implied than we know. In Hebrew, thanks means to extend our hands in praise and confess our need for that which we are thankful.

By thanking God, we admit our precise need for His exact provision. (tweet this)

Andy says “When we say, ‘Thank you,’ we are saying, ‘I needed that!’”

God’s blessings don’t fall randomly into our laps. He gives them intentionally with a purpose. Perhaps we don’t yet know why we need what we’ve received, but it is no coincidence and no mistake. God knows exactly what’s required both physically and spiritually in order to accomplish His work in this world. And He generously provides.

Dare I say God’s blessings come with a responsibility to use them for His purposes?

How are you using your blessings to advance God’s Kingdom?

#SeedsOfScripture #Thanksgiving @wordsbyAndyLee

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