What Is God Thankful For? Hebrews 1:2-3
I was checking out some blogs one day when I happened on a thought provoking one. The below thought is from Austin Brown’s blog at gentlereformation.com. Although I can’t endorse all of his entries, this was a good one to be sure:
Is God thankful? A persons initial impulse might be to answer with a fairly certain “Yes.” One might not know exactly why they think this is so, but the thought process might be formulated roughly as follows: Being thankful is nice, God is nice, therefore God is thankful.
Theologically and Biblically speaking this thought process should go a bit deeper… The difficult question is how God could be thankful given His omnipotence and omniscience. He doesn’t need help with anything. He isn’t dependent on anything. He’s God. So it would seem that if He were going to pray before a meal, as it were, He would be thankful to Himself. But then why give thanks?
There are a many Biblical instances of Jesus expressing thankfulness to the Father. Since Jesus is the exact representation of God’s nature (Hebrews 1:3) we can truly say that God is thankful, but for what now? Is He thankful for you and me? Consider this analogy when contemplating God’s thankfulness for you and me: a young child draws a picture for their father. The father bought the crayons. The father “created” the child. The father sustains the child by caring for him. And yet, the father thankfully delights in the crudely drawn picture. Why? Because he loves the child. And the child freely loves him. And because of that, the father says “Thank you.”
Let Our Thanks to God be Faithfulness Micah 6:6-8
In addition to Austin’s blog I add:
A crudely drawn picture surely delights a mother and father’s heart, but what really makes parent’s hearts soar is when their child exhibits skills, character traits, morals and talents that they have instilled in them. When our children remain loyal to us and our teachings and put that loyalty into consistent practice our hearts swell with thankfulness! In a similar way God is thankful when we show faithfulness to Him and His teachings regardless of what the circumstances or consequences may be. God spoke through the prophet Micah once to show His people what He truly desires from us mortals. In essence it is our faithfulness. Faithfulness is a better gift than bowing down at His throne, than numerous offerings, or even our“firstborn” for the sin of our souls. God has clearly shown us what is good and what He requires of us (Micah 6:8):
To Act Justly: To live with a sense of right and wrong based on scripture. In other words to FOLLOW Christ and His teachings.
To Love Mercy: “Love mercy” contains the Hebrew word hesed, which means “loyal love” or “loving-kindness.” Love for Christ and ones fellow man equals service. To do unto others as you would have them do unto you (Luke 6:31) is to SERVE as Christ has served you…even in your sin and rebellion when you were against Him.
To Walk Humbly: “Walk humbly” is a description of the heart’s attitude toward God. He is exalted while we are debased, He is Shepherd while we are sheep, He is leader and we are followers. He is a faithful Father to us and to walk humbly with Him is to be a FAITHFUL child to him.
A Thankful Heart Follows, Serves and is Faithful to the one to whom he appreciates. It is God who has been ever following you despite your sin, serving you through His sacrificial love, and faithfully delivering His promises to as many as would receive Him (John 1:12). What is God thankful for? What gift can we bring Him? He has shown us… Are you thankful to God today?
Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. 1 Chronicles 16:8