For although they knew God, they did not honor Him as God, or give thanks to Him, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Romans 1:21
How do people get to know God? Seeing or hearing about Him and then believing. It is the same principle of steps for everyone in the world. Paul has just explained that God created the whole world and placed his “finger prints in all that He made.” In turn, everyone can look at creation and know that there is a creator. But they next step is important. Believe in and respect the Creator.
Paul says that knowledge about God is not enough. Just to believe that God exists is admirable. But honoring Him as God is a more specific step. It means a shift in authority. You relinquish the “ownership” for your life, to the one who created you. Honoring Him is to seat Him on the throne of your life and as King over all that you have and are.
Paul adds a defining characteristic that identifies one who honors the Lord…the giving of thanks. And specifically- giving thanks to God. Jesus said our speech exposes the values of the meditation that has been occurring in our heart. Just reflect on the subject matter of your own words to discover what has been important in your life. The giving of thanks reveals how much you appreciate the influence of others. Giving thanks to God as God shows that you connect events and circumstances in your life to His influence. It positions your hearts to focus on God’s heart and His hands as the giver of life.
There is a consequence to NOT giving thanks. When we do not place value on something it does not remain neutral…it atrophies. Without thankfulness our tendency is “to care” less and less for something. The love in marriages grow cold when we become less thankful for our spouse. Our work can move to wearisome, when we cease being thankful. Church and our relationship with God can become a burden of expectations without nurturing appreciation for their influence. Start giving thank for the revelation that god has already given you about life, HImself and others involved in your life.
Father, help us to see when we are relying on our own wisdom and strength. Let us see you working before, during and after every event in our lives. Let us regularly give you thanks as God, as Sovereign in our lives. Thanks for our families, thanks for our health, thanks for our jobs, thanks for our church family, thanks for our communities and city in which we live. You are God and we love and thank you. In Jesus’ name Amen.
Blessings Love y’all