A Grateful Heart – Devotion
Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. – Hebrews 13:15
Sometimes, the harsh realities of life can very easily colour our perspective. They morph us almost unknowingly into pessimists; those that at first glance notice the glass is half empty rather than being grateful for God’s provision. We live in an imperfect world, so things are going to happen. As Christians, we also have an enemy to contend with. In spite of all this God is good, and He is blessing and sustaining us daily. But we can get distracted and so easily miss this to only see the challenge, leaving us feeling like a victim. For this reason we are exhorted to continually offer the ‘sacrifice of praise’ to God. This means we are to deliberately and consistently cultivate the art of thanking God for His goodness – when we feel like it, and also when we don’t. Thanking God is a reminder to us that behind our spiritual and material blessings is our invisible God who is our total source. It is God who sends the shaft of warm sunlight that we enjoy as we sit and sip our morning coffee. Christ would pause and thank God for a few small loaves and sh. The more intentional we become in our thanksgiving, the more we become aware of God’s on-going yet silent blessing, provision, and goodness in our lives. Such an attitude protects our hearts from a raft of nasty attitudes like independence, negativity, and cynicism, which are always seeking to pollute our hearts and disconnect us from our heavenly Father.
Prayer: Lord,please forgive me for the times I have been unaware and ungrateful of Your constant goodness towards me. Help me to become a God-centred, grateful, and thankful person, who recognises your invisible hand in my life. Amen.
Scriptures for Reflection: Job 5:7; John 16:33; Heb 4:14-16, 8:1-3, Psalm 100:4; Mk 6:41; Psalm 141:2; Rev 5:8