Thanksgiving, Part 2

Hebrews 12:28-29 “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our ‘God is a consuming fire.'”

When the alarm clock went off this morning, I laid in bed listening to the news for a little while, anxious to hear the results of yesterday’s elections. With each election result that was announced my stomach tightened and I was filled with dread. This was a good verse to ponder this morning.

“are receiving”–This is a present tense verb. Am I thankful for the Kingdom of God as it is manifested in the world today? Unlike political parties, God’s kingdom cannot be shaken! As I was listening to the disappointing election results, wondering what the implications for our country’s future were, there were people all over the world feeding the hungry, caring for “the least of these”, bringing glory and honor to God in their individual lives. That’s our wonderful, immovable, unshakable God at work!

Additionally, a thankful heart attitude clears the way to acceptable worship–with reverence and awe. It stands to reason that when thankfulness is absent, our worship is unacceptable–YIKES! The flip side of that thought to ponder…if reverence and awe is absent from my worship, is it because I am unthankful?

Oh Lord, give me eyes to see clearly and a heart that cries out to you in thankfulness.

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