On the other hand, my life contains many bright spots…a beautiful wedding and daughter-in-law, the prospect of a new grandchild, 38 years of marriage, a growing church. Should I approach Thanksgiving/thanksgiving with only thoughts of circumstances that I like? Can I praise God for all that He does even when I don’t understand my current situation?
I try to thank Him for the positive aspects of negative events. But, sometimes I only manage a things-are-not-as-bad-as-they-could-be sort of thankfulness, which is not really gratitude at all. Even when it is difficult, I know that a wise and loving God allows bad things for a reason, and I should thank Him for His sovereign power. (Job 40:2) Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever!
I try to thank Him for blessings in my day-to-day life. (Psalm 126:3) But, sometimes I feel a sense of entitlement. In addition, I take credit for the good things that happen when I should be glorifying God for His acts of kindness. What a backward way of thinking! Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever!
My issue with gratitude stems from my small view of God. Something as simple as a child's mealtime prayer tells me that God is great, God is good. He is the holy God of the universe who made all things. In my sinfulness, I don’t deserve any happy circumstances. And yet, He does not withhold good things from His people. (Psalm 84:11, Psalm 8:4) He forgives me and redeems my entire life. Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever!
I am easily tossed about by circumstances while God is changeless. He is the mighty one who does not fall. God continues to loves me even when he brings trials into my life. (Proverbs 3:12) He will never leave me or forsake me. I should praise Him for all His surpassing worth. Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever! (Psalm 107: 1)