So I will admit that sometimes I’m a Whack-a-doo! I am one catastrophe, one bad circumstance, one misstep away from a straight-jacket. Ever feel that way?
You know how that hamster wheel thingie works? Round and round and round and round…ad nauseum. Picture a large man tearing around that for about 50 years or so. That’s what it feels like today. It’s like I’m on a high-speed freeway with no exits. Oh…sometimes I get tired and slow down a bit…but never enough to get off….I so desperately want to get off!!!!
I’m struggling to take my own medicine today…metaphorically that is. Circumstances have ganged up on me….like thieves…just outside my heart’s door, waiting to steal my joy…my peace…my fellowship. But I’m not gonna let ’em!
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving…well…the holiday is called Thanksgiving. (And because I’m writing this at 3:14am…technically it’s already Thanksgiving…)
During the course of the last few days I have repeated the words “Thank you Lord” over and over as I witnessed some life events unfolding in a most unpleasant fashion. Sadly, my first reaction was not thankfulness…If I’m really going to be honest…well…my first response wasn’t a proud moment.
I really do want to be thankful IN all things. I’m glad the verse doesn’t say be thankful FOR all things…cause that might be a challenge….in fact, that might be nigh unto impossible.
Wait a minute! IN ALL THINGS?…FOR ALL THINGS? Does it really matter? It’s the same God who delivered me from the Hell I was bound for, to the Heaven I never deserved when I trusted him as Savior. So if He chooses to allow some…let’s say… unsavory circumstances in my life…I can (and should) still be thankful and praise him anyway. Can’t I? Shouldn’t I?
God’s measure of love and grace will always best my most valiant efforts to do right and to be good. I can never repay this debt of love I owe. But God doesn’t ask me/us to. He asks me/us to follow him…to love him, to act like him….to BE like him. We can’t do it by ourselves, but only as the Holy Spirit shows us what that all looks like…and reminds us when we miss the mark.
When we get it right…it looks like Thanks-living!
I wish you all a wonderful day with family and friends…and for those who may miss out on all the fun and food this year…I pray that God blesses you in a very special way today to remind you how much He loves you…and how much He deserves all our thanks…all our praise…all our worship!
Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.
1 Corinthians 1:4-5
I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way–in all your speaking and in all your knowledge–
2 Corinthians 4:15-16
All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
2 Corinthians 9:11-12
You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.
For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.
1 Timothy 4:4-5
For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.
1 Chronicles 16:34
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.
I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.
In that day you will say: “Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted.
the sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom, and the voices of those who bring thank offerings to the house of the LORD, saying, “Give thanks to the LORD Almighty, for the LORD is good; his love endures forever.” For I will restore the fortunes of the land as they were before,’ says the LORD.
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.