Thanksgiving Pt. 2

“The people bring much more than enough for doing the work that the Lord has commanded us to do.” Exodus 36:5

Today, I arose to a new day that according to the word of God is filled with new mercy for this day.  I can honestly say, “I asked the Lord before getting out of bed, ‘What things can I praise you in this day?”

I remind you that we are spending this week in thanksgiving to our Lord. Each day we are choosing a particular thing or things that we can give thanks to the Lord. This morning as I worked my way through Exodus 36-40 I discovered two particular things we need to give thanks for, “A right heart and His presence.”

As Moses gave the command for the people to give for the building of the tabernacle we discover the people’s overwhelming response.  The people gave more than enough.  As I thought about this amazing event, I discovered that on two other occasion’s people gave in this same manner, II Chronicles 31:10; II Cor. 8:2-3.  In each case the people gave because their hearts were given totally to the Lord.  Now here is where the thanksgiving comes in.  I would never be a giver had God not created a new heart within me.  As I read the word, I am reminded of the selfishness in my heart.  I am so thankful that God has given me a giving heart.  He who have everything puts within our hearts the love for giving to others.

The second thing I discovered was the blessing of God’s presence coming down to reside in the tabernacle when it was completed. Chapter 40 ends with God’s presence coming down in the form of a cloud.  There is a line in chapter 40 that amazes me, “Throughout all their journeys…”  God was with Israel and Israel was blessed even in the midst of her often failure of heart.  This morning I want to give thanks to our Great God who dwells in our midst.  I am so thankful that Jesus Christ removed the veil between man and God so that we could worship in His presence.

This very day I want to challenge you to have a spirit of thankfulness for a new heart and for His presence in your life.  By the way, living with a giving heart is an indicator that His presence is in your life.  The opposite is also true.  If you are living with a cold and greedy heart, it is an indicator that God’s presence is not in charge of your life.

Maybe this day should also be about searching your heart and finding a place for repentance in your heart?  If you arose this day without anything to give thanks for, then surely you need self-examination and you need Christ exaltation.

By the way, soon and very soon we will see Him face to face.  “They will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads.  And night will be no more.  They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.”  Revelation 22:4-5.  

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