Here is a notion I've had this November,
Our Sunday night group has been involved in doing a Precepts study of Romans Chapters 1-5 since September. We are just into chapter 3. During our slow, methodical study process - we've uncovered some true gems. Actually they were there all along but were things not previous catching our eyes. This verse was one of them.
I'd love to camp here for hours but that is for another time. What I would like to bring out of this verse, which has it's context in unbelief and it's consequences, is the phrase "they did not know Him as God or give thanks."
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out where we are going here! November is Thanksgiving time! It's time for a few days off work and school, time for turkey and hopefully time to reflect on our blessings and give thanks. Note: Giving thanks is apparently very important to God.
And why not! Shouldn't a God, who loved the world so much that He sent His only begotten Son to give His very life (so that any and all who believe could have everlasting life), deserve our thanks? In fact, His is right in demanding our thanks? Just thought I'd ask.
Maybe you don't feel like you have a lot to be thankful for. I mean not everyone is walking around with their every need met and their blessing stocking filled to the brink! But are...you...still...walking...? Still...breathing? Still...believing? Even on the day Christ was crucified, the Scripture was still valid - This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.
I have a friend whose leg had to be removed earlier this fall and afterwards part of her other foot. Now we've discovered she's lost that foot and part of her calf. To say it's been rough, would be insulting and a gross understatement. Yet, when I've talked to her - while in pain - she was thankful for her family and the doctors, and to be alive. Her family is thankful that this should improve her life and health. They are thankful for way all events progressed during this time. Lesson: Regardless, of what is going on in your life - there IS ALWAYS something to be thankful for and I mean thankful to God for!
According to the Word of God, thanksgiving brings glory to God. It is an attitude within us which produces thanksgiving to God. God deserves your thanksgiving and gratitude. And it does wonders for your heart! I encourage you to take stock of your own personal thanksgiving meter this season. I leave you with Rev 7:12 (NASB) "saying, "Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen."
Love and thanksgiving!