Are you thankful to God for all he does for you in this life? Throughout the Bible, God talks of being thankful and grateful. They are interchangeable. Both mean: to feel or show appreciation for a kindness; to express gratitude. He does not require this from us, God’s love is great, and he cannot help but pour out his blessings on us. It is his nature. But if we truly acknowledge all he has done and appreciate his love and care for us, we should express that in our words and actions.
It is sad to say, we as a generation are not thankful in general. We expect or even demand our way and young people are even worse. Many in our society feel they are entitled to a good education, job and high pay. If they don’t have a fancy car, big house and whatever else they desire, they are put out and upset. It matters little whether they deserve it or not. But I digress.
God wants to provide for us. He is very generous with his blessings. The problem is, we do not always want what he wants to give or how he wants to give it. He knows the future and in his great love there are times he chooses a different path for us simply because he knows the one we want will not be pleasant or good for us. Of course when this happens, many of us will throw a tantrum. We curse at God and some walk away.
I know this because years ago, I had my own hissy fit. God didn’t do what I wanted and boy did I get mad. But looking back, even though I would not have chosen this path, it led to a growing in the Lord I doubt I would have had, if not for the trial. God expanded my knowledge and understanding of who he is and how much he truly loves me. For that I am eternally grateful.
There are so many things I’m thankful for, my family, friends, job, co-workers, my country. Yes, even this crazy nation that is on the brink of devastation. Growing up with the freedom to learn about Jesus without persecution was a blessing. I understand that can change at any time, but I have hidden the Word in my heart, nothing can take it from me.
As you celebrate Thanksgiving Day with family and friends, take time to acknowledge God and thank him for all his many blessings. It is the least we can do for our loving Father God who is so wonderful.
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