BLOGWORDS – Sunday 30 October 2016 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – IN ALL THINGS GIVE THANKS
FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – IN ALL THINGS GIVE THANKS
I know, I can hear you now. “How can I be thankful that my loved one died?” “How can I be thankful for this diagnosis I just got?”
Read the verse again. It does not say, “Be thankful for all things.”
It says, “In all things, give thanks.” There is a world of difference to the two statements.
Regardless what we’re going through or facing, He is with us. He is with us whether we realize it or not—He is with us whether we want Him to be or not.
He sends His angels minister to us countless times that we never know or realize.
God is a father Who takes care of His children. He takes no delight in our suffering. Indeed, everything He does is to protect us, and keep us from harm. He wants to see us prosper, He wants to see us succeed, He wants to see us blessed and happy.
The [ridiculous] adage that God only gives us what we can bear, or that He gives the toughest battles to His strongest warriors is BUNK!
Rather, He gives us good gifts. He has good things for us. Rather, when we focus on Him instead of that loss or that diagnosis, when we take our eyes off of our limited perspective, and look to Him for our answers and solutions, our perspective changes. When we look to our heavenly Father, we begin to see as He sees. (including ourselves) When we see with His eyes, our loss and our diagnosis and our heartache truly is diminished in light of His promises.
No, Abba does not expect us to rejoice when a wreck totals our car or job loss depletes our savings. He does, however, ask us to thank Him for His heart. Thank Him and TRUST HIM to care for our needs. To restore what is lost. To heal that which is broken.
As we enter November, our hearts turn to Thanksgiving here in the U.S. Let us keep in mind true thankfulness. Let us keep our focus on our precious Abba, who loves us more than life itself. Let us learn to live a life of thankfulness, daily and in all circumstances.
Let us lift our eyes, to the hills, to the habitation of God, and give Him thanks for He is good.
What are you thankful for today? What are the blessings Father has given to you? What are you trusting Him for? What are His promises to you?
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