In a time when people believe that they are entitled to almost anything, it is hard to cultivate a thankful heart, not only for people that do something for us, but principally for God. On top of that we can add the daily struggles that each one of us is facing, such us unemployment, illness, finances, stress, disappointments, etc.
1. Give Thanks For Who God Is
When we look around and see all the difficulties and struggles that we are facing, it is hard for us to look up and be thankful. Someone already said: “Do not look at the size of your problems, but the size of your God.” If we want to be thankful we need to start thanking God for who He is.
The psalmist wrote: “Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. Psalm 106:1.” When we look in the Scriptures we find a God who is good. We also learn that His love endures forever. But there are other attributes in our God that help us to be thankful.
He is powerful. Sometimes when we face difficulties, we feel that nobody can help us, even God. When we understand and believe that God, our God is a powerful God, a God who created the whole universe and maintains control over everything by His providence, then we can start to be thankful.
He is also merciful and gracious. Someone said: “Grace: Where we get what we really don’t deserve. Mercy: Where we don’t’ get what we really do deserve.” Yes, that is a great definition of both words. God gives us so many things that we do not deserve, and we should be thankful for that. We also, because of our human and sinful nature deserve judgment, and we do not get it, because of His wonderful mercy.
But for me, one of the most crucial and beautiful characteristics of our God is His presence with us. When we face hard times we lose the ability to feel or even believe that God is with us during those times. One of the most beautiful promises that we find in the Scriptures is the one that God made to Abraham: “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go… Genesis 28:15.” Isn’t that great, to know that God, the powerful one, the creator of the universe, the merciful and gracious, is with you and will watch over you wherever you go?
My brother and sister, no matter what you are going through in your life, you still have many reasons to be thankful, and one of them is for who our God is. So, Give thanks to the Lord!
Have a blessed week,