Thanking God in the Last Days

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by Samuel Geroy
   Thanksgiving is a wonderful culture to cultivate for a group of people or a family. The Samaritan who was healed of leprosy had that culture (Luke 17:11-19). When he realized that his sickness was gone he went back in order to thank the Lord for healing him. The other nine did not. This culture was also practiced by Nehemiah during the dedication of the rebuilt wall of Jerusalem in 430 B.C. (Nehemiah 12:27-43). Then King Josiah renewed the covenant and praise to God during his reign in Judah, 640-609 B.C. He celebrated the greatest Passover ever done in Jerusalem (2 Kings 23:21-23). Then Israel also renewed her promises to God (2 Kings 23:1-3).
   But there is also the negative of thanksgiving, people who did not thank God. Cain killed his brother instead of correcting his wrong sacrifice (Genesis 4:8-12). Lucifer became proud instead of thanking God for his beauty (Isaiah 14:12-15). Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus instead of thanking him (Matthew 26:14-16, 27:1-10). Esau despised and sold his birthright instead of thanking God for it (Genesis 25:29-34). Israel’s kings never thanked God for their privilege of reigning over His people (2 Kings 17:18-20). Demas did not thank the Lord for his privilege of joining Apostle Paul’s missionary journeys (Colossians 4:9-17, 2 Timothy 4:10).

   In contrast, men and women of God always thanked Him: Abraham (Genesis 12:1-9), David (2 Samuel 23:1-7), and Mary (Luke 2:46-55). There of them in the whole Scriptures and many, many more in actual life. Job showed this character when he was tried with problems too difficult even for a man to bear (he lost his wealth and children in a day). Yet he remained righteous by accepting his trials as from the Lord in spite of the pain (Job 1:14-19). So the Lord restored his wealth double and gave him sons and daughters again (42:10-17). These people of God showed a thankful character that is greater then culture.
   Finally, the greatest thanksgiving is a choice one makes. King Hezekiah made it his choice that despite the difficulties he still will praise God (2 Kings 20: 1-19). He restored the temple and worshiped God; then he celebrated the Passover (2 Chronicles 30). Even when disciplined for his sin of showing off his wealth to the Babylonian visitors he still praised the word of the Lord (2 Kings 20:19) and thanked Him for adding fifteen more years to his life.
   Other people of God thanked Him no matter what the circumstances: Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego (Daniel 3:17, 18). They faced the lions in faith and were not eaten by them. They gave honor to the end. Martyr Stephen, though stoned to death (Acts 7) gave God the glory and forgave his killers in the end. The leader of his killers, Saul, was converted and became Apostle Paul.
   The highest goal of our lives is to praise and thank God no matter what.