Thanking God

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If you abide in Me and My word abides in you, then you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.

Most Christians—and a lot of not-Christians, for that matter—are faithful about thanking God for what He does, but how often do we thank Him for who He is? Do we overlook this in our relationships with Him?

My wife appreciates it when I thank her for doing something, but if I really want to make her feel good, I thank her for being the person she is. It’s a much deeper concept and conveys a more powerful message.

I thank my daughter for doing this or that or not doing something else, but my most basic thought about her is that I’m thankful for who she is. If you stop and think about it, isn’t it more important for your child to be the wonderful and morally upright person he or she is than for him or her to buy you a present or invite you to dinner?

We thank God for our health. We thank Him for our relative prosperity. We may thank Him for a new car or a new house. We thank Him for lots of things, but so what? Does that show any great character or reverence on our part? We’d be ingrates if we weren’t thankful for all these things.

But if we truly want to show appreciation to God, we should thank Him for being the God He is. The unbending justice of His nature. The grace which allows Him to substitute Jesus’s righteousness for our sinfulness. The unchanging nature of His character.

Do we thank God for these traits which make Him the God He is, or do we just thank Him for being our sugar daddy and giving us stuff?

Have a New Testament passage or concept you’d like to see discussed here? Maybe something you’ve never quite understood. I’d love to hear from you about that, too. I’ll try my best to explain it.

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About David N. Walker

David N. Walker is a Christian husband, father and grandfather, a grounded pilot and a near-scratch golfer who had to give up the game because of shoulder problems. A graduate of Duke University, he spent 42 years in the health insurance industry, during which time he traveled much of the United States. He started writing about 20 years ago and has been a member and leader in several writers' groups. Christianity 101: The Simplified Christian Life, the devotional Heaven Sent and the novella series, Fancy, are now available in paperback and in Kindle and Nook formats, as well as through Smashwords and Kobo. See information about both of these by clicking "Books" above.
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10 Responses to Thanking God

  1. Sherry Isaac says:

    What a great twist on a standard concept, David. Thanks.

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  2. David – On the days that are really tough – I simply cry out – “God’s Will Be Done.” I’ve believed through the years that God’s Mercy will carry me and his understand is so great – who am I to question whatever the outcome is. This week I’m trying to concentrate on “Devine Protection.” Would you like to discuss that concept? I have to focus on God’s promise of Devine Protection and must not allow it to leave my mind.

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  3. ronjune@kc.rr.com says:

    Thank you David. ron Burger

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  4. Barbara Estinson says:

    You make a really good point here, Bro.

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  5. Sharon K. Walker says:

    Excellent point to ponder. I thank God for who He is.

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