The Thanksgiving season is a wonderful time to heighten your sensitivity to the blessings bestowed by God. Allow me to share with you just five blessings that deeply touch me every year and prompt me to thank God.
No work of God’s is more beyond my comprehension yet closer to my heart and more worthy of gratitude than salvation. Before coming to know Christ, each of us lived in a self-imposed prison. But Christ not only rescued us from the power and penalty of our sins, He also lifted us to a place of blessing. He delivered us from punishment and brought glory. He took away the threat of hell and gave us the hope of Heaven. He dismissed us from divine wrath and brought us a divine benediction.
The Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth
Watch a half hour of news and tell me if the word chaos doesn’t come to mind. The world is gripped by it. Conflict abounds as religious, philosophical and political systems collide. The suppression of truth exacts a tremendous price.
But thanks to God, you and I have an eternal, objective, incontestable, irrevocable standard we can depend on for all matters of life. From the truth of Scripture we can understand the ebb and flow of life better than all the educators, philosophers, politicians and social pundits combined.
Perhaps the most difficult time to be thankful is when we’re in the midst of a setback, a challenge or a trial. When the storm comes, giving thanks is rarely our first reaction. Being thankful for adversity is never easy, but it is always right. From experience, I know the difficult times are the ones in which God seems to be most at work in our lives.
I’m sad to say there are some congregations today that wrestle with who they are and what their mission is—a spiritual identity crisis of sorts.
However, we can thank the Lord for the many churches that have stayed the course in spite of pressure, and the many others that struggle but have not given up the fight. Large or small, the congregations that remain faithful to God’s Word are the ones that are alive, vital, flourishing, reaching their communities with great effectiveness and advancing the Kingdom of God.
The People Who Make a Difference
I thank God daily for the many people who add so much color and warmth to my life. My best friend and wife, Patricia. Loving children and grandchildren. All who labor with me for the sake of the Gospel. I’m grateful for the friends—seen and unseen—whom I’ve been able to lean on, and who, to some small degree, have been able to lean on me.
May you, your family and friends enjoy a blessed Thanksgiving season … all year! ©2017 Grace to you
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