Have you been surprised in the past couple of years to find empty spaces on store shelves? I have. Sometimes the food item I usually buy is out of stock for three or more weeks. Our favorite bread was out of stock so long, the store doesn’t even carry it any longer.
Sometimes, I am also surprised by the bible. I think I’ll find something in it, but it’s not there. For example, did you know that the book of Genesis has no record of people thanking God? Oh, I’m sure people did. But that word is not used for any of the sacrifices they performed or prayers they prayed.
Take Noah. After working tirelessly to build the ark, he floated in it for over a year. When he finally left the ark, Genesis 8:20 says, “Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it.” (NIV) Personally, I would have been very thankful to leave the ark. But Noah’s offering is not specifically called an offering of thanksgiving.
A similar thing happened with Abraham. Commanded by God to sacrifice his son, Abraham proceeded to do so. But God halted the sacrifice and provided a ram instead. Yet there is no mention that Abraham thanked God. Surely, he did.
And what about us? I hope those who know us can easily see our thankfulness to God.
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