Wednesday’s Word: Sacrifice

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“Let the giving of thanks be your sacrifice to God, and give the Almighty all that you promised. Call to me when trouble comes; I will save you and you will praise me.” Psalm 50:14-15

 

It’s not about what we can do for God, but what He can do for us. God doesn’t need us to do anything for His benefit. The world and everything in it belongs to Him. So what does he want from us? He wants our gratitude. He wants us to depend on him when we’re in trouble so He can save us. When He does, we will praise Him. Does God need our thanks and praise? No. Thanking God and praising Him is for our benefit, not His.

 

Thanking God doesn’t seem like much of a sacrifice, does it? Think again. When we thank God and praise Him for what He has done for us, we are sacrificing our self-sufficiency and our sense of being in control. We are sacrificing the ego-stroking that tells us we are the center of our own little universe. Giving thanks to God honors the Giver and acknowledges our proper place. We didn’t create ourselves and the idea of a self-made man or woman is an illusion. We can’t control many things about life. When we come to the end of our rope we find God waiting there to catch us and bring us to a new and better place.

 

If we wait to go to God when we don’t need Him, we’ll be waiting a long time. On our own we can’t guarantee our next breath of air. When we open our eyes we can see all the ways in which He is providing for us and guiding us. When we count our blessings, we find ourselves in the humbling truth that despite all our necessary and appropriate hard work and effort, God does for us what we could never do for ourselves. What else is there to do but lay our false pride at His feet…and what a loving way He gives us to do that: by thanking and glorifying Him instead of belittling ourselves.

 

Our God truly is an awesome God. Let’s tell Him so—not because He needs to know it, but because we do.

 

Prayer: Almighty God, to You alone belongs the glory.

 

Reflection:  Write a thank you note to God.

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But Jesus answered “The scripture says, ‘Human beings cannot live on bread alone, but need every word that God speaks.’” (Matthew 4:4)

 

All Bible quotes are from the Good News Translation unless otherwise noted.

 

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