Thursday, January 9, 2014

Mocking The Thanksgiver???

Thanksgiving is a culture preached all through in the bible and the importance cannot be over emphasised. Everyone has (ought to have) that moment of deep reflection when one is so humbled by God’s goodness that one can’t but jump on a rooftop and sing the Lord’s praises in a very high voice.

I wrote once about us being so used to God’s goodness that we forget to thank God. The part I didn’t discuss is how in our ungratefulness we jeer at others that are grateful. I was asked once why I lose myself in church and I replied ‘where else would I have done that?’ it is funny how we sometimes think one could get embarrassed praising God.

The social media has partially taken the place of the traditional way of standing in front of a congregation and testifying. It is common to see people share beautiful testimonies on their walls. Such testimonies are as diverse as we are as humans because our realities are not the same. Someone that stays in a civilised country like England cant wrap his/her head around Nigeria’s power issues, so such person would probably not understand a testimony based on a great power supply.

I stumbled on this screenshot of a guy that went on about how grateful he was for being able to shop at Shoprite. I found it ridiculous at first glance then I tried slipping into his shoes and I was ashamed of my earlier thought. Who are we to question the grounds for another’s testimony(s)? Our situations are different and there is no thanks too small to give. We should be careful so as not to provoke God’s wrath upon ourselves in commenting/judging another’s ways/reasons of testimonies.

2 Samuel 6: 16 Now as the ark of the Lord came into the City of David, Michal, Saul's daughter, looked through a window and saw King David leaping and whirling before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart. Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, "How glorious was the king of Israel today, uncovering himself today in the eyes of the maids of his servants, as one of the base fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!" 21 So David said to Michal, "It was before the Lord, who chose me instead of your father and all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the Lord, over Israel. Therefore I will play music before the Lord. 22 And I will be even more undignified than this, and will be humble in my own sight. But as for the maidservants of whom you have spoken, by them I will be held in honor." 23 Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.

Giving thanks is both thoughtful and beautiful, let's lose ourselves in praise and worship. It delights the Lord.

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