Come Into His Presence With Thanksgiving…And It Blesses You and Me!
Isn’t That Just Like God?!…
John 4:46-50 (ESV) 46 So he [Jesus] came again to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. And at Capernaum there was an official whose son was ill. 47 When this man heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went to him and asked him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. 48 So Jesus said to him, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.” 49 The official said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” 50 Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went on his way.
Jesus said, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.” This man had seen signs and wonders and he chose to draw on what Jesus had done which built his faith about what Jesus would do!
Don’t you think that this is part of the reason God tells us to “think on these things”? Isn’t it part of the reason He tells us to “come into His presence with thanksgiving”?
I believe the reason he says to come into His presence with thanksgiving is two-fold. He wants us to remember (in the midst of the painful parts of our life) how truly blessed we are and…He wants us to remember Who has blessed us.
Why? Every time we do this, it recalculates our thinking! We can be so bogged down with the things that worry or hurt us that we forget the ways He has blessed us and straightened out our circumstances in the past. The past can be as recent as a few minutes earlier! How quickly we forget!
When we come into His presence and remember to think through what He has done for us in the past and is doing in the present…our hearts recalculate and we become truly thankful to Him. Second…our faith is renewed and we can actually feel ourselves relax as our trust in His heart and His hand becomes real again. Our hope is renewed regarding what is happening to us now and in what might happen in the future.
Bottom line is, intentionally renewing our thankful thoughts before Him…is an obedience that reminds us/makes real how consistently He has blessed us and renews our faith for the now and for the future!
Isn’t that just like God! Choosing to obediently thank Him…blesses us!
Philippians 4:8-9 (TLB) 8 And now, brothers, as I close this letter, let me say this one more thing: Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others. Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about. 9 Keep putting into practice all you learned from me and saw me doing, and the God of peace will be with you.
Psalm 95:2-6 (ESV) 2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! 3 For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. 4 In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. 5 The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. 6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!