The Bible is full of encouragement on giving thanks. It is the only book you can trust the author when reading; we don’t have to worry about someone’s philosophy hidden between the lines. It’s a book everyone can learn something from without needing a post graduate degree. I was reminded earlier this week when I Give Thanks – It’s a Good Thing.
I was reading Psalm 92:1-5 the other day, the pages fell open when I laid my Bible on the kitchen table. At the top of the page in big letters I read “GIVE THANKS” with an arrow pointing to the verses. As I read those verses many beautiful things that God has done for me and my family went through my mind. There were even a few things I don’t consider beautiful, but they were all part of His plan.
When I look back on those beautiful things the feeling I have is warm. But with those not so beautiful things I still feel a little disappointment and hurt. It is easy to remember all the good things in life and share about them with others. I tend to hide those other things in my heart’s closet to try and forget about them. Believe it or not, I have even found those things to come in handy when trying to encourage someone. There are times I have pulled them out, given them a shake, and looked at them carefully. Thankfully, there is one good thing (we can see today) that came from them – we came out on the other side because of the gracious mercy of the Lord.
Whether we are in the middle of a storm or we have passed through the storm, we have a merciful God who deserves the praise and thanksgiving because He will not/did not leave us. If we are not experiencing a storm, He deserves the praise and thanksgiving for allowing our life to be at peace in this moment.
No matter where we are today, we can praise the Lord and give Him thanks for the loving kindness and faithfulness He has shown us.
Give thanks, because it is a good thing!
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