September 30, Saturday

Today’s AMI QT is provided by David Kwon from Journey Community Church.

Devotional Thoughts for Today

The Power of Gratitude

Genesis 8:20 -21

Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar.  21  And when the Lord smelled the pleasing aroma…

When Oprah Winfrey had her talk show many years ago, I remember watching one episode where she talked about the power of gratitude. (I confess I have watched a few episodes of Oprah but not enough to call myself a fan.)  She talked about how she kept a gratitude journal and how every night she would write down five things she was grateful for that day. She emphasized how much power it had over her life and how it could also help others as well through life.

In the Christian life, gratitude is powerful. In today’s passage, we read that the flood has ended and Noah and his family were saved. The striking thing is that the first thing Noah does when he leaves the ark is to offer a burnt offering to the Lord.

Any offering burned over an altar was a burnt offering, but in more specific terms, a burnt offering was the complete destruction of the animal in an effort to renew the relationship between a Holy God and sinful man. It was a symbol of worship, but it also meant giving thanks to the Lord for who He was and the worship He deserved. Noah gave thanks as a response of worship to the Lord and the Lord was pleased by it. What a scene, as they knelt down in the mud and gave thanks! One commentator put it like this: “It is because, of course, giving thanks means we recognize reality. When you give thanks you are recognizing the undergirding of God, the presence of God, in the midst of life, and his control over the affairs of life. Thus you cannot give thanks without recognizing the situation as it really is.” The apostle Paul put it like this: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thess. 5:16-18).

As you examine your life, what are you thankful for? Do you have a habit of gratitude that the Lord would be pleased with? Take time this morning and give thanks to the Lord. Even when we don’t feel like it, it is a great discipline to practice in our Christian lives. May we live as people who are forever grateful unto the Lord.

Prayer: Lord, thank You that You are always at work in my life even though I don’t clearly see that at times. Help me to be grateful and faithful, and continue to trust Your plan for me. Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Isaiah 54-55

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