Give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. I Thess. 5:18
This is my memory verse for my First Place Sunday School class this week. I’ve been thinking about it in light of the difficulties we have been facing.
It’s not hard to give thanks every day because there is always something I can thank the Lord for.
My salvation first – His love toward me – His goodness- His rich and varied character – the depth of knowing Him – the love that sent Jesus – His life – the beauty of His words – the truth and challenge of Scripture – the riches of the Word – family and loved ones – the fellowship of those who know and love me – the unity of those whom I’ve never met, yet who love Him – how instant it is – the beauty of prayer – the privilege of prayer – His beautiful creation.
These things are always with me – no matter what is happening around me or in me.
I could go on and on. I am thankful that this life and its troubles are really very short – like a vapour. And the Lord has promised something more – something beyond our comprehension – a life eternal with Him –a beautiful life without the effects of sin.
It isn’t hard to be thankful – to fill pages with reasons to be thankful.
Yet difficult circumstances affect my emotions and I forget. I need to remind myself that even in the midst of difficult times we have even more blessings to be thankful for:
- That the Lord has promised to work good in every situation for those who love Him
- That He has promised to restore the years the locust eat
- That He is always with me
- That He hears me when I cry
- His peace which goes beyond understanding
- That I don’t need to fear because He is Ruler, King, Lord, Sovereign
- That He delivers in this life, and if He chooses not, then in the next.
- That nothing compares – no trouble – no heartache – no sickness – nothing compares with the joy of knowing Him.
- That it is worth giving up all things – even our lives – for Him – because He is the only Treasure worth seeking.
There are so many more.
What would you add to the thankful list?
In keeping with this thankful post, I want to add my heartfelt thanks again to each of you for your prayers and kind words for our friends Gus and Karen. He shows small signs of improvement which are very encouraging. We continue to ask the Lord for his complete recovery.
I wanted to share this beautiful song with you – I’ve been singing it all week long.
Hide me now
Under your wings
within your mighty hand
When the oceans rise and thunders roar
I will soar with you above the storm
Father you are king over the flood
I will be still and know you are God
Find rest my soul
In Christ alone
Know his power
In quietness and trust