What Language Do You Speak

26 Mar

Ah-mah-say-geh-nalo.  It means thank you in Amharic.  When you are learning so many new things from people who are helping you, there are many opportunities to practice this phrase.  When a language instructor gives you a foundational lesson, when one of the best arthroscopic surgeons in Addis volunteers his Friday afternoons at the counseling center, when someone shares their home with you for many nights.  When it comes to the end of a day and you sence God’s hand upon your life in the midst of overwhelming need all around you, before you get into bed…Ah-mah-say-geh-nalo, dear Father in Heaven.  And too,  Thank you Lord for your Word and such promises as:

Psalms 41:1-3–“Blessed is he that considereth the poor, the Lord will deliver him in the time of trouble.  The Lord will preserve him and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth; and thou will not deliver him unto the will of his enemies.  The Lord will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt (care for him) in his sickness.” 

When we are subject to illness or sickness-and we all will be at some point in our lives-if we have considered the poor, God will not abandon us in those trials.  But, do you think that “considering” probably means more than to just give a passing thought?  Example.   There is a spotless shiney auto in your neighbors driveway.  “Oh, I wonder if Jack got a new car.”  That is “considering”, but you wouldn’t just go over and give Jack a one hundred-dollar bill after pondering this discovery.  There is a collection in church.  “Oh, I wonder if the poor really deserve my financial help.”  Considering with a promise, probably involves more than a mental exercise.  Sharing from our hearts shares hope with hearts.  God speaks all languages and He is glorified when we all speak “Thankful-ese” whether it be in receiving or in giving.

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