OK, so the question is what do we have to be thankful for this year. I can understand the fear that is in the mind of some regarding the proximity of ISIS to our borders, and terrorism threatening from within. I can only imagine the stress that fills the hearts of loved ones who have soldiers overseas fighting for freedom. I shudder to think of the decisions being made by fellow Christians that are making the difficult decision to follow Christ in the midst of unheard of persecution in the Middle East, and here we are eating turkey and mashed potatoes while they are literally giving their lives for our Savior. So what exactly are we thankful for and how do we justify our position?
First of all, I believe we need to take all Scripture in context. In I Thessalonians 5:16-18, we are encouraged to
“Always be joyful. Pray regularly. In everything give thanks, for this is what God wants from you who are united in Christ.”
We need to remain joyful. Even in the midst of tragedy, not allowing fear to grip our hearts. Our hope is not in our government, it is in the LORD. David said that some may trust in chariots, some may trust in horses, but we will trust in the NAME of our GOD.
We need to pray regularly. God is speaking to His people even in the midst of your crisis. However, if you are not speaking to Him, most likely you are not hearing what He is saying. Prayer is simply a two-way discussion between the Almighty and yourself. If you don’t know Him, you can meet Him personally by going to our “Do You Need Jesus” page. Those who call on the Name of the Lord shall be saved, no matter what!
Be THANKFUL! Remind yourself that the greatest reason to be thankful is that you know the God of the Universe who has not abandoned you in your time of need. No matter what you are encountering, He is a personal God who is aware of it. What better reason to be thankful this holiday than to celebrate with your family His work not only in your personal life, but in our nation. We have so much to be thankful for in His mercies that are new every morning and His faithfulness that reaches to the clouds. If you can find nothing else to be thankful for this year, thank Him for His goodness in your life.
There is power in an attitude of thankfulness. You might not see immediate results, but if you remain joyful in all things, pray without ceasing, and are continually thankful, you will find that God is moving in miraculous ways that you can’t begin to understand. Remember that He is the One able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that you can ask or think. So…rather than focusing on all that is evil in the world, focus on the One who is able to do more in you.
May God bless you and yours this month of Thanksgiving!