“He who sacrifices thanks offerings honors me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God.”
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend, and you were able to take some time to be truly thankful. I remember I was once asked to write down 10 things to be thankful for that didn’t include the basics like family, food and work. I was surprised how difficult that was (don’t judge me as inept, unless you have tried it!). Scripture has much to say about growing and maintaining a thankful posture. One of the starkest postures is found in I Thess. 5:18 “Be joyful always, pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Giving thanks in all circumstances seems a little over the top, don’t you think?! I must admit, I do find it hard to be thankful stalled in a traffic jam, waiting in the hospital emergency room, or slowly plodding through the Covid pandemic. Yet, if I stop and actually find things to be thankful for, I in fact start to snowball into an increasing mental attitude that can see how God is actually present in every circumstance…like He has provide the means for me to own a car (and pay for insurance!!), I live in a country where I have access to world class medical care and I am grateful for the new depths of faith and trust God is teaching me in the ebbs and flows of a pandemic. I therefore start to see how being thankful prepares or opens the way for God to reveal and demonstrate his relentless goodness in my life. So Ps. 50:23 teaches me that if I want to go on a God hunt in the rough and tumble of life it begins with thanksgiving- a deliberate choice to find things to be thankful for no matter what circumstances I am in. This thankfulness posture prepares my heart for God to show me His salvation at work in my life.
Grateful for you all and the opportunity to serve among you,