Thoughtfulness

on 9/19/2009

"Thoughtfulness" means 'the quality of showing regard for other people,' or 'a propensity for anticipating the needs and wishes of others.' God always exhibits thoughtfulness. Our Heavenly Father knows what things we need, even before we ask Him. God sees the end from the beginning, and God knows everything we could ever need or want. God even knew we would need a savior, for the Lamb of God was slain before the foundation of the world (Rev.13:8).

Moreover, many Christians know the term Jehovah-Jireh, which most take to mean, "The Lord My Provider," or "The Lord will provide." But a more technical translation reads, "The Lord sees." In other words, in Genesis 22 Abraham knew God had supernaturally met his needs. When using the name, Jehovah-Jireh, Abraham essentially said, "The Lord sees the needs of His servants and provides for them." God powerfully displayed His thoughtfulness to Abraham.

We should all strive to exhibit thoughtfulness. However, there is a natural gift of thoughtfulness and then there is God's supernatural ability of thoughtfulness. I believe God wants to share this supernatural ability with His people. Doesn't the Bible say God will show us things to come? What if God started showing you what other people need so that you could bless them? Have you ever found or received something and considered it rather worthless, but soon realized that it perfectly meets a new need. You can call it coincidence, but I call it God seeing my needs in advance and providing.

I believe God wants me to encourage you all in this possibility. We know two Spiritual gifts are the "word of wisdom" and "word of knowledge"(1 Corin. 12:8). I believe God will use those gifts in you to let you exhibit His thoughtfulness to this hurting world. When you start surprising people with the exact thing they need, and then you tell them God told you, you are going to see some strange looks. But then you'll have a completely disarmed audience that is thankful and ready to hear the Gospel.

Be open and ready, the Holy Spirit will show you what people need. Maybe it's monetary, maybe not. Be ready to sacrifice. But also be ready to reap souls for the Kingdom and work directly with God to show His loving, generous heart to the World. God wants people to see Jehovah-Jireh, and they will see Him in you.

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