We just wake up every morning, stretch out our hands, yawn and squeeze out time to do some morning exercise. You go to the bathroom to take a shower, brush your teeth, apply body lotions and other things you think is good for you to freshen up. Probably, you greet those around and dress up for the day’s work. Off you go. You walk down the street waiting for a cab.
You arrived at your work place and settled down with the pile of files on the table. You gave a heavy breathe and immediately started attending to them. The work load does not bother you, it doesn’t get you afraid because you have been doing it for a number of years. It seems it has become part of you. Your boss walks in to tell you some other things you needed to do and you accepted without questions. Why? Yes, he pays you at the end of the day. During the break time you take some water, coffee or snacks to cool off the heat. Within some minutes you got back to work refreshed and energized. At least you work eight hours a day or more than that just to make ends meet. There is nothing wrong with that. It’s normal.
After the day’s work, after the hectic activities in the office, after the meetings and adjustments of work during the day you become tired and worn out. You walk down, get a cab heading home. You are welcomed by your parents, wife, husband, siblings or grand ma. You freshen up and may be have some lunch. That’s good, after all those tedious things at the office, you just need to eat and have some rest. You may decide otherwise depending on your mood. Some watch movies, play chess, crack jokes, read or just relax with any other thing that is suitable. Before evening you must have concluded what to do next, I mean, arranging your files or set up some stuff you brought from your work place to finish it at home. You sleep over it trying to make sure it is done before morning.
Some how you find yourself wrapped up by the day’s activities and at night you move into your room to sleep waiting for another day to get off. A lot of things run through your mind and your thoughts tend to clash. Before you could discern the results of your thoughts in your head you find yourself dozing off. The next day the same daily routine continues.
Throughout the day it never occurred to you that anything could happen to you. You never thanked God for even keeping you and your family alive. You don’t care whether He is there or not. You never thanked Him for the breathe, His protection, His guidance, His sustenance, His mercy, His loving kindness and His compassion. You never for a second say, “Thank you, Lord”. You think you own your life, you think you have total control of your life, you think God has nothing to offer, you think everything you’ve got is by your power. You go to parties, have fun, enjoy life and just live like nothing is holding you down. Probably you think there is nothing to thank Him for. You are mistaken.
2 Samuel 22:50 says,” Therefore I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the Gentiles, and sing praises to Your name “
Psalm 92:1-2 says, ” It is good to give thanks to the Lord, And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, And your faithfulness every night “.
During the last Supper, look at what Jesus did:
“ Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you’ “.(Matthew 26:27)
Look at what Jesus said before raising Lazarus from death.
In John 11:41 Jesus said, ” Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said ‘ Father, I thank You that You have heard Me’ “.
Revelation 11: 16-17 reads, ” And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying: ” We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, the One who is and was and who is to come, because You have taken Your great power and reigned ” “.
I know you must have marshalled out a list of reasons you shouldn’t thank God for. Yes I know. You must have said, ‘Why must I thank God? Where was He when they killed my parents in cold blood? Why did He allow me to pass through hell? Why would He watch me loose my job? I have been faithfull to Him, why didn’t He prevent me from accident? Why did He keep quiet till they killed my spouse? He said He gave me children, why did He allow them to die in plane crash? God told me to trust in Him, I did, then when I needed Him He abandoned me, why? Why did He not answer my prayer but made me to go to jail even when I had asked for forgiveness. God kept quiet when I prayed to Him to let my mother survive the operation, wasn’t He listening? When I was worldly nothing happened to me but I got born again I lost all I had acquired; my business, academics, career, finances all went down the drain, why?
After all these rantings, murmuring, complain, you forgot you are still breathing, talking and your heart beat is still functioning. You forgot what He had done in the past, you forgot your were a sinner but His mercy kept you, you forgot how He had blessed you, you forgot how He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to die for you, you forgot how He gave you hope.
No matter what you are passing through it does not remove the fact that you have no reason to thank Him. In every situation thank Him. In lack, thank Him. In your weakness, thank Him. In trouble, thank Him. Don’t only thank Him when the going is good. Job thanked Him when he was tempted by the devil and tested by God, Abraham thanked Him even when he has not seen the promised child, Paul thanked Him even when he was in chains, Jesus thanked His Father while He was nailed to the cross.
Use this second and say “Thank you, Holy Spirit, thank you Jesus, thank you, Father. Thank you for your mercy that endures forever. Thank you for the gift of life, thank you for everything. Forgive my complains, murmuring, ignorance. Give me the spirit of appreciation now and always, Amen”.
It is well with you.