Before, Not After
Daniel 9:22-23; 1Thessalonians 1:2-3
Mary Chestnut’s father-in-law had the enduring habit of returning thanks after his meals. As he left the table he would invariably say, “I thank God for a good dinner.” When asked why he didn’t pray prior to eating, he replied, “My way is to be sure of a thing before I return thanks for it.”
Christians never fear that giving thanks involves a gamble. Their experience verifies that nothing will ever be more certain than God’s provisions for life. The feeding of the four and five thousand people offers a parable of God’s provisions. After everyone had eaten to complete satisfaction, seven and twelve basketful remained. Left over! Ready to serve to others! That’s what Jesus accomplishes with those who commit themselves to him. For the use of Peter’s boat, Jesus filled the nets so full of fish they began to tear and the boats nearly to sink. The divine bounty proved so lavish it threatened disaster! If that for the use of a boat, what will God give for the use of a life?
Courtesy of Speaker’s Sourcebook of New Illustrations by Virgil Hurley copyright © 1995 by Word, Incorporated. Used by permission.
Man Shall Not Live By Bread Alone!
But By EVERY Word That Comes From God Above!
Daniel 9:22-23, “And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, “O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you skill to understand. At the beginning of your supplications the command went out, and I have come to tell you, for you are greatly beloved; therefore consider the matter, and understand the vision:….”
1Thessalonians 1:2-3, “We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father,…”
The worship most acceptable to God comes from a thankful and cheerful heart. – Plutarch
God has two dwellings; one in heaven, and the other in meek and thankful hearts. – Walton
Gratitude to God should be as habitual as the reception of mercies is constant, as ardent as the number of them is great, as devout as the riches of divine grace and goodness is incomprehensible. – Simmons