“He, who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord. 
He, who eats meat, eats to the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; 
and he who abstains, does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God.” 
(Romans 14:6)

The Lord gives us so many things of value, 
but what do we give Him in return?
How much do we recognize and appreciate His gifts to us?
Do we show our appreciation frequently and openly?

It is the custom of some Christians to bow their heads in public places 
and give thanks for the food that has been placed in front of them. 
One man reported that he had scores of waiters and waitresses tell him 
that when the people at his table bowed our heads, it was the first time 
they had ever seen that happen in their restaurant.

Millions never pause to give a word of thanks to God 
for the food He has provided. 
During the Thanksgiving holiday season,
many fail to pause and give thanks to God for His provisions.
What has happened that has cause professing Christians to stop acknowledging 
the presence of God in public, as they did in previous generations?
We have been deceived by the great deceiver, Satan.
You live in the midst of deception; in their deceit they refuse to 
acknowledge me,” declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 9:6)

Secondly, many are fearful of what others might think 
and how they may react if they see someone praying in public.
His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders, 
who already had decided that anyone who acknowledged that Jesus 
was the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue. (John 9:22)

How ludicrous is that?
Some people have a greater fear of man than they do of God, 
(the One Who holds their eternity in His hands).
Peter and the apostles gave God His proper
place of priority in their lives (and so should we).
Peter and the other apostles replied: 
“We must obey God rather than human beings!(Acts 5:29)

Failure to be thankful for what the Lord has provided 
is treading on thin ice.
We should NEVER distance ourselves from the Lord in private, or in public.
“I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, 
the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God. 
But whoever disowns me before others will be disowned before 
the angels of God.” (Luke 12:8-9)

Thanksgiving is recognition of a debt that cannot be paid. 
We express thanks, whether or not we are able to reimburse the giver. 
When thanksgiving is not just a formal, polite “thank you”, 
but is filled with true meaning and sincerity, 
it is a sincere recognition of man’s dependence on God.

Some think, 
“Why should I thank Him for what I have done to earn my rewards?”
The answer is simple: He gave us the ability to accomplish whatever we do,
so He deserves the thanks for providing us with our capacity to perform.

Have you been remiss 
in expressing your appreciation for God and His provisions?
Do you thank Him privately, but fail to acknowledge Him publicly? 
Why not start today and purposely say thanks before your meals in public?
After only a couple of times your fears are replaced with
a feeling of guilt for failing to pray before your meals in a restaurant.
Be like Peter and make a conscious choice to "obey God".

“Heavenly Father, forgive me for my failures to be thankful for what You 
have given me, and especially in public. Help me to realize that thanking 
You in public is an opportunity for me to be a witness that contributes to 
Your earthly ministry. Remind me that my greatest achievements, are only
because You have given me the abilities to succeed. I realize that I am 
completely dependent on You, and I thank You for providing all of my daily 

About Don Woodruff

Retired from FedEx and dedicated to sharing God's Word with others. I send out devotionals M-F and have written two books: "The Crucifixion Catalyst / Unspoken Messages From God To Believers" (published and available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble **out of print**) and "I'm Saved Now What?" (unpublished). I am currently working on a third one that will be a Daily Devotional.


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