It’s Thanksgiving and we are all being reminded to be thankful to the Lord for our many blessings. However, there are some times in our lives when it’s easier than others. If you have recently gotten good news or have welcomed a new child or grandchild, it’s easy to let the praise and thanks flow. But others who are facing strained family relationships or health concerns may find it more difficult to remember to have a thankful heart. I find myself in the latter category this season. It’s not as easy right now as it sometimes is for me to be thankful. So I’ve compiled a list of things that we as believers must not forget to be thankful for, no matter how blessed or painful our present circumstances are.
#1 – Be Thankful Because You Are So Loved
Remember how much God loves you. Do you truly believe it? Let that sink in. The God of the universe, who created all things and has always existed, likes you! And not only that, He loves you and calls you His beloved child. Even if everyone else you know has turned on you or despises you, God calls you his son or daughter. Whatever else may be happening in your life, this is true. His unfailing love for you will never end.
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Psalm 143:8a
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. I John 4:10
#2 – You are Known by God
He sees you and knows all about you. Your habits, your thoughts, and all of your actions. He knew you while you were still in the womb and knows every day He has ordained for you to live (Psalm 139:13, 16). This is a personal, intimate relationship like no other.
You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
You perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
You are familiar with all my ways. Psalm 139:1-3
#3 – You can Trust God To Provide For You
Since He loves us and knows us so well, we can trust Him to do what’s best in our lives. We sometimes balk at this when hard things come our way. I wonder if He knows what’s happened to me or what is going on with my body. Jesus instructed His disciples to pray that God would provide for their daily bread, what is needed for each day. If God wasn’t able and willing to do that, Jesus wouldn’t have included it in the Lord’s prayer.
The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
He fulfills the desires of those who fear him;
He hears their cry and saves them. Psalm 145:18-19
When my spirit grows faint within me, it is You who watch over my way. Psalm 142:3a
#4 – You have Hope
The kind of hope believers in Christ have is not the kind of hope the world possesses. The world will say that you should have hope, but gives no basis for it. So they may say that they hope things will get better, but will have no assurance. Christians have a rock solid hope that is the anchor of our souls (Hebrews 6:19). We have hope both for this life and the next (I Corinthians 15:19), the hope that is our calling, the hope of righteousness (Galatians 5:5) and salvation (I Thessalonians 5:8). We have Christ in us, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). Jesus is our hope and our helper, our constant companion and friend.
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23