Give Thanks! (Part 2)

Maybe you do not know, or are not aware, or are not sure, or you just cannot see, but there is an invisible hand over you and behind you to protect, to guide, and to help you on your journey.

1. Give Thanks For What God Does

In the Scriptures we find this sentence repeated many times, “Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind. Psalm 107:8.” It seems that the psalmist want us to know two basic things about gratitude. One is that we should give thanks for who God is, and give thanks for His love, says the writer. God is love and we should thank Him for that. The second thing that the psalmist says is: give thanks for his wonderful works to humankind.

Because God is God, and everything that He does is good and perfect, we should give thanks to Him. Sometimes we are not thankful because we do not take time to think and ponder on everything that God has done for us.

Just take a moment and meditate on a few areas of your life where God did something. Some areas will seem insignificant, and other areas will be of an extreme importance. Do not worry, just make a small list for today, and thank God for what He did or is doing in your life.

Let me help with a few topics:

1. Your spiritual journey – how much has He done in this area for you? He saved you. He put people in your life to teach about Him and His Word. He gave you gifts and talents to be used in His Kingdom. He adopted you into His family, and the list can go on and on. Maybe you should make a list of some of those things that God did for you and thank Him.

2. Your health – It is important for us to understand that we live in a broken and fallen world. We are getting old, our bodies are in some way deteriorating, but even so, we are still alive. Medicine is getting better each day. We are living longer and better, and because of that we should be thankful. Could you name an area of your health that you should be thankful about right now?

3.Your family – Most of us still have their parents alive. Some of us have their grandparents alive. Our spouses, our children are blessings from God, and we should be thankful for them. What specific thing is God doing in your family that you should thank Him for?

4. Your finances – “Yeah! right! We are in the middle of a huge financial crisis and you want me to be thankful?” Well, maybe you are right. But wait a moment, did you eat today? Do you have a job? Some of us are still looking for one, but God has been faithful, and He is providing for us. We do not live in the home of our dreams, but we have a shelter. God did not promise to give us everything that we want, He promised that He would take care of us, and for that we should be thankful.

As you can see my brother and sister, even though we sometimes do not see His hands, they are there in our lives, protecting, helping, and guiding us.

Take a moment in your busy day, and give thanks for what God did and is doing in your life.

Have a blessed week,

Pastor Lucas

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