To consider something deeply and thoroughly is the definition of the word Ponder. There are a great amount of things that we do ponder on and maybe, just maybe, some of these things are things that we should not ponder on. We what ponder on too much is what we become. Proverbs 23:7 says, “as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…”
One thing that we should always ponder on is the Word of God. David said (Psalms 1:2) that the blessed man’s delight is the law of the Lord (the Bible) and he meditates on it day and night. God told Joshua to mediate on His law day and night (Joshua 1:8).
Paul put it this way in his letter to the Philippians (4:8), “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
We need to consider our ponderings. If they aren’t on God’s words and the good things, we need to change what we ponder on.
Unthankful is defined (Webster’s 1828 dictionary) as not thankful, ungrateful, and not making acknowledgments for good received. This accurately yet shamefully describes people today, doesn’t it? The Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy (II Timothy 3:2) that people, in the last days, would be unthankful. Based upon that one description alone, we could, with a high possibility, be in that time.
We, as a people, are exceedingly rich in possessions but we are also severely lacking in thankfulness. Not only have we become unappreciative of what we do have, we have also become unappreciative of what we don’t have.
David wrote in Psalms 100:4, “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.” When we come into God’s presence, we are to come with a heart of gratitude and appreciation and speak to Him with words of praise, acknowledging and recognizing Him for who He is and what He has done for us.
To say that we are a blessed people is quite the understatement. I am sure that you would agree with me that not only do we have all that we need but we also have pretty much all that we want. How much more blessed can we be?
For those blessings, are we thankful? I mean truly thankful. We may say that we are thankful but are we being flippant or are we being sincere? God knows our heart. God knows our thoughts. God knows if we are truly thankful or not. When was the last time we paused just to thank God for those blessings?
Even though God could, but I don’t think He would, what if He took away any blessings that we didn’t thank Him for? Would He take anything away? If so, what would He take away? What would He take away first? Would it be our house? Would it be our Vehicle? Would it be __________________? You fill in the blank.
Don’t take for granted anything that God has given to you. Be grateful for every single person and for every single thing, no matter how small or large it may be.
Thank you is a simple yet effective way to express one’s appreciation. If someone says a kind word to you, the proper reply back is with what two words? Thank you! Or if someone does something nice for you, the appropriate response is with the same two words. Thank you! How do we know this? Because we, at least most of us anyways, were raise to have good manners and to be courteous and respectful.
So, when God does something nice for us, whether it is by bestowing upon us the simplest blessings of life or by an answered prayer, why do we sometimes fail to tell Him, Thank you?
The Psalmist wrote in Psalms 50:14 that we are to “Offer unto God thanksgiving” and in Psalms 100:4 that we are to “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving”.
Plainly put, God rightfully deserves our thanksgiving. Not a single day should go by that God should not hear those three little but so important words from us: Thank you, God.
There is a time coming when all of the saved will stand before the Lord to give an account for the deed that we have done. Paul wrote these words to the Corinthians (II Corinthians 5:10) “…we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”
This one verse alone should not only motivate us to daily live our lives to the glory of God (I Cor. 10:31) but also to give Him our very best effort (Colossians 3:23). Someone was said, “We have only one life to live; only one life to give.”
If we are faithful to live our lives in this manner, when that time comes and we stand before Him that Judgment Day, we will hear those words we’ve heard preached so many times, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21).