Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble and gathered in from the lands,
from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south. Psalm 107:1-3 ESV
As we approach Thanksgiving, most people focus on giving thanks for the blessings in their lives that year. As we lead our children in family prayer time every night, we always start with praises. They usually come up with “thank you for fun with brother, thank you for fun at school, thank you for fun with our cat.” We try to prompt them to think a little deeper about what God has done for them but at four and six, they’re great at focusing on just the immediate things in front of them.
As adults, isn’t that our natural mindset as well? If our circumstances are tough, we can find it hard to find things to thank God for. As we look back over the year, is our mind drawn to the hard times or to the blessings? It seems to be human nature to focus on the bad. It takes a real effort of the will to think on blessings.
Is your testimony this year that the Lord is good? Do you see his steadfast love enduring forever? Or are you mired in difficult circumstances that make you doubt His goodness? It is ok to be honest with God, and to express that you are having trouble embracing His goodness. He already knows!
But this psalm gives you the imperative…”Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble.” If you are redeemed, if you have accepted the sacrifice that Jesus has made on your behalf, then you are commanded to give thanks. No matter how difficult your circumstance, God loved you enough to send His son to die for you. If that is the only good thing in your life, you can give thanks to the Lord. You can acknowledge His goodness in saving you from your trouble, in saving you from an eternity separate from Him.
God is good. Circumstances can be hard. God is still good. As you enter this holiday season, take time to share with your loved ones how good God has been in your life this year. Don’t gloss over it or focus only on the very temporary circumstances in your life. Thank God for his goodness!
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If you’re in a very difficult season of life, start a thanksgiving journal. Every night before you go to bed, find something to thank God for. It can change your entire outlook if you can refocus on gratitude.
Heavenly father, You are good! I thank You for your steadfast love. I thank You that You have rescued me from an eternity without You. Give me the courage to share Your goodness and Your love with people who need to hear about it. Amen.
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