Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:
Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. – Habakkuk 3:17-19.
God has ordained the high places for us in life. He has ordained us for the topmost top in every aspect of life .Deuteronomy 28:13).
However, we must understand that God is a God of ways, as Isaiah 55:9 illustrates thus: “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” The ways of God are the generators of His acts and although many celebrate His acts, more mature believers celebrate the ways. Knowing God’s ways makes you generate His acts and cause them to happen at will.
One of such ways is thanksgiving., which is so efficient that it makes God turn valleys to hilltops. In Habakkuk 3:17-19 the writer paints a picture of utter lack and hopelessness, stressing that thanksgiving is all it takes to turn it around.
Thanksgiving is a conscious and deliberate show of appreciation from one to another. For us as believers, this show of appreciation is towards God, and must be dine with the understanding of what it attracts.
The truth is, no matter how bad or terrible things become, if you understand the way of thanksgiving, those situations are surmountable. This ministry for instance, was nowhere on the map of Nigeria thirty-eight years ago but, thanking God regularly has put it on the map of the world. From that scripture in Habakkuk we also learn that you do not thank God only when things have happened, you thank Him to make things happen. Thanking God in a big way for what others call small will move Him to open doors of blessing in your favour, and grant you divine health and prosperity.
Thanksgiving is a covenant requirement to the full realization of our glorious destiny in Christ. Even if the situation does not appear glorious, know that God is faithful and will not change His mind. Be intentional, deliberate, conscious and strategic about giving God thanks for what others call disappointment because ingratitude is an enemy to destiny. One is not said to be wise until one does what God says, whether it makes natural sense or not. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 admonishes us to give thanks in all things and so we should, whether things are working or not.
See to it that you give thanks even more than those who have and you will be on your way to having more than anybody has. Hebrews 10:36 says, “For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise”. Until we do this mystery of thanksgiving, nothing from God will get to us, and His plan for our lives will remain elusive until we give Him thanks consciously and deliberately as a lifestyle, not just a service.
We must understand that God is a God of process. If you magnify Him for the little, then you are qualified for something greater just as Bishop Oyedepo would always say, “until you thank God for his finger, you will never see his hand, and until you thank God for his hand, you will never see his person.”
So, avoid grumbling and flee murmuring, bearing in mind that there are people in worse conditions than whatever it is that wants to elicit complains from your lips (Job 8:7, Zachariah 4:10).
Also, it is thanksgiving that upgrades good gifts to perfect gift. There are two categories of gifts which come from God, according to James 1:17. He gives the former and by our show of appreciation, the latter is made manifest, as was the case with the ten leper.
Thanksgiving is a requirement for supernatural returns on our labour , it is a spiritual watering system, any seed planted without being watered will die . (Proverbs 12:14, Proverbs 18:20, Hebrews 13:15, Psalm 67:5-7).
You may not know how to pray much, but so long as you can thank and praise God, you will get the desired result because thanksgiving and praise are superior and greater to prayers. Remember, you can pray amiss – that is, not in line with His will – but you cannot give thanks to God or praise Him amiss.
EXAMPLES OF THANKSGIVING–MADE GIANTS IN THE SCRIPTURE
Abraham (Genesis 22:5-18, Romans 4:20-21): God promised Abraham a child at old age and though the promise was yet to be fulfilled after several years, Abraham would not give in to murmuring and complaining. He glorified God instead and eventually Isaac came. Even when, in obedience to God’s instructions, he was going to kill Isaac as a sacrifice, he saw it as nothing but worship to God and would not complain about it.
Daniel: Daniel was a thanksgiving and praise giant (Daniel 2:16-23). After God revealed a vision to him in verse 19, he blessed the God of heaven.
Paul (1 Timothy 1:12-13): Paul said, “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has enabled me for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry…who was before a blasphemer, persecutor, incurious but I obtained mercy. He has overwhelming consciousness of the place, from where God took He recognized that it was God that took him from nobody, to becoming the greatest of the Apostles. That was why he admonished his people to “rejoice evermore”, even when he was in prison for preaching the gospel.
In conclusion, thanksgiving must never be assumed, it must be done consciously and heartily for us to qualify for our next level of blessings.