Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

An Interesting Job Description

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

22nd April 2012

Do you recognise the names Heman and Jeduthun?

No biblical book is named after them and I doubt there are any parents eager to christen their newborn after them.

In fact most people have probably never heard of these two men much less know anything about them.

In truth they are among the more obscure characters in the entire Bible. Yet despite their obscurity their role was paramount:

“With them were Heman, Jeduthun, and others specifically named, with the job description: ‘Give thanks to God, for his love never quits!’” (1 Chronicles 16:41, The Message)

These two men – Jeduthun and Heman – were specifically appointed to give thanks!

Can you imagine your job title as the ‘Director of Thanksgiving’ or the ‘Supervisor of Thankfulness’? But amazingly, this was their job!

And actually, it’s our job as well.

In both the Old and New Testaments, the instruction is perfectly clear:

‘Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever’. (1 Chronicles16:34);.

‘Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus’. (1 Thessalonians 5:16–18).

It is impossible to escape the obvious mandate: it is the will of God that we be thankful.

It is not always easy to give thanks, though, is it? Yet this is precisely the thing we are commanded to do.

Perhaps in your own life, right now, you are experiencing a trial, difficulty or hardship. How can you be thankful in those circumstances?

Here are four principles that may help you practice an attitude of gratitude in everyday life:

1. Don’t Confuse Emotions with Actions

We often put off being thankful because we don’t feel thankful. But your emotions must follow not lead. Don’t put off expressing thanksgiving just because you may not initially feel thankful. Thanksgiving is an act of choice, not an emotion.

2. Thank and Praise God for Everything in Your Life

I’m sure we thank Him for the blessings and the enjoyable things of life; but how about the difficulties, hardships or adversities you experience? Remember James’ counsel: “Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides” (James 1:2 The Message). Thank Him for everything, even your difficulties. It is then you are able to experience His presence not just His presents!

3. Don’t Allow Yourself to Complain

During difficult times, be very careful to watch your attitude and your tongue. Instead of complaining, think of ways you can verbally offer God the sacrifice of thanksgiving.

4. Don’t Compare Yourself with Others

Don’t wish that your life was different. God knows what is best. The Bible says having a thankful heart is God’s will for your life. When we begin to thank God for what we have rather than comparing ourselves with others, it will open the door for God’s richest blessings in your life.

Let’s choose to be a Heman. Let’s decide to be a Juduthum. We have been appointed by the King to praise His name as we recognize His love, grace and mercy and thank Him daily.

Have a thankful week.

Pastor Barry

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