Sacrifice of Thanks

  • Sept. 5, 2012
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Hi, I'm Joni Eareckson Tada and I have a very important question to ask you. Suppose an elderly woman with arthritis in her hands—she’s in pain, you can see it—embroidered by hand a set of pillowcases for you as a “thank you” gift. Oh my, that gift would mean a lot to you, wouldn’t it? Now here’s the thing: If we respond this way to the great sacrifices that people make, how much more is God delighted when we present sacrificial thank offerings to Him? You know, giving thanks when it’s hard. Psalm 50 says, “He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me.” Listen, God is pleased when you give Him thanks, but He’s delighted when the thanksgiving He receives has with it the aroma of a sweet smelling sacrifice. Today, if you’re going through a rough time, don’t let it be the focus; instead, dig deep and thank God for those small blessings that keep you going. For when you do, you’re honoring God.

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