Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Know Your God...And it Will Increase Your Gratitude

 By: Rebekah Hargraves

Photo Courtesy of: Pro Church Media

"...the people who know their God will be strong and take action." ~Daniel 11:32b

Have you ever wondered how Mary was so ready and willing to submit herself to God’s plan for her life, especially at such a young age? How it was that she excitedly agreed to carry the Son of God even though the result would be her likely being ostracized by her family and community, ridiculed, misjudged, and possibly even killed?

The reason was because she knew her theology. And that made all the difference in the world for her.

We see in the song she sings in Luke 1 that even though she lived in a time and culture where women were rarely educated, Mary had received a robust education in the things of God.

She knew His character.

She knew His heart.

She knew the history of what He had done for His people as well as the Messianic prophecies of what He would do for them in the future.

She immediately surrendered and said “yes” to the unexpected call on her life because she knew her God. She knew He was faithful, loving, trustworthy, and good, so she willingly submitted herself to His call.

If you marvel at the faith, obedience, and willing surrender of others in their walk with the Lord, believing that you could never do what they are doing, it could be that you don’t truly know the God you claim to serve. It could be that it’s time for you to spend more time in the Word getting to know your great God. It will build up your faith like nothing else! 

This week as we quickly approach Thanksgiving, meditate on what you know to be true about God. No pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps, no striving to make the best of any given situation, no level of working on our contentment, no amount of getting what you want will increase an attitude of gratitude like knowing the goodness of God will.

May you know Him better this holiday season than you did last year. And may you delight in the change that knowledge makes in your heart and life.

Reflection Questions:

1. How well would you say you know God and His character?

2. What is keeping you from knowing Him better? What can you do to address that situation?

3. What do you know to be true about God that you can have gratitude for this Thanksgiving?

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