The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel. Matthew 15:31
Every day good things occur that are considered unusual. Most people see some of these things and just ignore it. Others want to know why it happened.
If there is no direct understanding as to why something occurred, people just chalk it up to good luck or it was a random chance. Others will say it was their hard work or some mystical reasoning. When it comes to physical healings, people give the doctor’s credit.
Right after Jesus had healed many people, the people saw it and were amazed. They immediately began to praise God for the amazing healings and miracles that had occurred.
When a sudden healing occurs, many people will question whether the person was really sick or injured in the first place. Others will just stand amazed wondering how the person was healed so quickly. Doctor’s are known to have said that they had made a mistake in the diagnosis of a sickness, thus accounting for the sudden healing.
Regardless of the reasoning, many people refuse to give God the credit for the healing. They are seeking to give credit to self or to natural ways of healing.
Any person who is really thinking correctly, will recognize that the healing was outside of the normal and will know that it had to have been God doing the sudden healing. Instead of ignoring or rejecting God, they will give Him the credit.
People who have their hearts and minds focused upon God will be the first to give God the credit for the healing. Praise will be given to God for the healing, rather than praise to luck or to man.
If you keep your eyes open, you will see miracles occurring around you. They may be quick, all of a sudden miracles or they may be a slower, over the time miracles. Either way give God the credit for what is occurring, whether a sudden miracle without a doctor or one with a doctor involved. God did and still does miracles every day.
When you see God do something in your life or in the life of someone else, give Him praise. Do not give praise to luck or to man, but to the one God who made it happen.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will see God’s hand at work in the lives of people; that you will give God praise for miracles that occur; and that you will trust God for healing.
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise–the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. Hebrews 13:15
Every day people are willing to sacrifice many different things for something else that they like more. People will sacrifice family, hobbies, sleep or more just to watch sports. Others will sacrifice the same things and more for other things that they love even more.
Sometimes the sacrifices are for something good, while many times it is for something that is harmful or destructive in the long run.
As the author concludes the book, he tells people to continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God as they profess His name.
One of the difficult things for people to do is praise God not just in the good times, but during difficult and trying times. It is when things are going bad and it looks as if God is against one, that praising God becomes a sacrifice. It is putting aside self, this world and putting God first.
The greatest advantage of praising God is that it takes one’s eyes off of self and the problems of this world and puts the focus back on God. It recognizes that although there are many difficulties in life, God is still in control and loves the person.
Praising God in this way is a sacrifice, because it is putting aside self and selfish desires and putting God at the forefront. It has to be a conscience effort to praise God in this way.
As one is sacrificing his own life to give praise to God, it will be a witness to the world as to who the person is serving and trusting. It will also empower God to be able to do more in his life because of the sacrifice of praise.
Every day you will be busy and have many challenges and trials. Rather than look at the challenges and be overwhelmed by them, turn your focus towards God and offer Him praise.
Think of all the good things God has already done for you and give God praise for each of those things. Offer a sacrifice of praise to God for how He is going to bring you through every difficult situation in your life.
Be willing to sacrifice everything to praise God. As you do that you will see God work great and mighty things in your life.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will praise God for who He is; that you will praise God for what He is doing; that you will praise God for what He will do; and that you will sacrifice all to praise God first.
I will tell of the kindnesses of the Lord, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the Lord has done for us–yes, the many good things he has done for Israel, according to his compassion and many kindnesses. Isaiah 63:7
People love to talk about many different things. Some will talk about the latest sports games, others talk about politics or whatever is going on in the news. Some will talk about the newest movies or trends occurring. Parents often talk about their children or grandchildren. And the list is endless.
Regardless of what people talk about, it is always about something of interest. It is always the interest of the person talking, and sometimes in the interest of the person listening.
Isaiah says one of the things he will talk about is God’s kindness and good deeds. He is recognizing and telling people of all the good things God has done for Israel, so that He may be praised.
Every believer has something that they can talk about, no matter what is going on in life. That one thing is God’s great kindness. No one had to be saved. Every person deserved punishment and death because of sin. Yet, God in His great love chose to provide for forgiveness of sins and salvation.
Along with salvation, God has also done many things for every person. His provision of breath, life, food, clothing, and shelter are just a few of the basics. God has also provided healing, joy, peace, comfort, understanding, wisdom, direction and more.
The amount of kind things that God has done for every believer is endless. These are the things a believer can talk about. Other believers need to be encouraged with hearing these things. The world needs to hear it to know who God is and what He is like.
Every day you will have opportunities to talk to someone. Sometimes for just a few minutes, other times for hours. Instead of just talking about the news and the weather, talk about what God has done and is doing in your life.
Be quick to share with others the good deeds God has done for you. This will encourage some to trust in God more. It will also be a witness of your love for God and who God is in your life.
If you really think about it, you will never run out of good things to talk about when talking about God.
I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that your eyes will be open to the kindness and good deeds of God; that you will talk about what God is doing to all you meet; and that you will share God’s kindness with others.