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Give Thanks

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good.  His love endures forever.  Psalms 136:1

Giving thanks leads us to peace, joy, and contentment, but I have found that sometimes giving thanks can be a real challenge.  It is easy when God is doing things the way I want or think that he should, but when I don’t understand what he is doing then it is a struggle.  Can I get a witness?  

While studying for my message this past Sunday God made some things clear to me from Psalm 136…

  • God is good regardless of whether the circumstances of life are good
  • He is God, I am not and there is no other God but him
  • He knows what is best for me and is working a plan to bring that about
  • He is working even when I question whether he is even paying attention
  • He can be trusted…even though I may struggle with doubt
  • He can do far more than I can ask or even imagine

Here is the key, in order to be truly thankful, we must learn to look at life through the lens of providence instead of the lens of circumstance.  The bottom line is that God is good – He has proven his love through his faithfulness.  This faithfulness was exemplified in his sacrifice of his son Jesus, who was delivered for our offenses and raised again to life for our justification.  Romans 4:25   

The hangup comes when I begin to view God through life’s circumstances – if things are good, God is good.  If things are bad, either God is bad or I must have been bad in order for him to allow this to happen.  Instead he is teaching me to view life through his steadfast love for me.  He accepted me not because I was good, but because of Jesus.  Ephesians 1:6,7  And that isn’t all, here is the really amazing thing – if he gave up Jesus so I could be reconciled to him, is there anything that he wouldn’t give to me?  Romans 8:31,32

When I remember that I am one of His kids (John 1:12), I begin to be truly thankful, regardless of life’s circumstances.  This is the key to real peace and joy —-realizing that our heavenly father God is good, all the time, and he loves us more than we can imagine.  I would venture to say that you have had a similar experience…hopefully my struggles and God’s lessons for me are helpful to you.

We must choose to base our thanks on faith that is established on the facts of the Scriptures or else we will constantly fluctuate up and down with our feelings.  A biblical understanding of God’s character and activity will release us into a daily gratitude that brings solace for and satisfaction to our often troubled and longing souls.  

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November 4, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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