Giving Thanks for Who He Is!
Have you thanked God for who He is lately?Â This week on Thankful Thursday we continue our look into the five ways to be thankful, usingÂ Hebrews 12:28Â as the central verse. Today, we look to being thankful to God, for simply who He is.
The great writer C.S. Lewis said, ”He who has God and many other things has no more than he who has God alone.” It seems easy to thank God for the things He provides to us but how many times do we thank Him for just being God? We can easily get caught up with our needs, wants, and desires in the life we have on earth but what if we had nothing, would we still thank God?
Allen Gardiner, a faithful missionary plagued with many problems thanked God to the end. He died from disease and starvation, in 1851 at the age of 57, while serving on Picton island at the southern tip of South America. When his body was found, near it lay his diary that read of hunger, thirst, wounds, and loneliness. It is however his last entry that bears witness to his faith. This entry shows the struggle of a shaking hand as he tried to write legibly, ”I am overwhelmed with a sense of the goodness of God.” Finding the ability to thank God for who He is when faced with continued hardship is truly thanking God.
The ability to look to God and honor who He is amid the struggle of problems and the loss of everything truly honors and graciously thanks Him for just being. Finding the ability to do this with our selfish, ”it’s not fair” attitudes can be a huge obstacle to overcome. It is so easy to tell others how good God is while thanking him when things are going your way and life is falling in place just like you wish. God is certainly good in these events but He is also good when there is darkness.
Corrie Ten Boom tells the story of her sister Betsie, who starved to death in a German concentration camp. ”I remember one occasion when I was very discouraged there. Everything around us was dark, and there was darkness in my heart. I remember telling Betsie that I thought God had forgotten us. ”˜No, Corrie,’ said Betsie, ”˜He has not forgotten us. Remember His Word: ‘For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His steadfast love toward those who fear Him.’” This is the action of thanking God for who He is and in all circumstances.
I noticed this morning that the plants that were just a few weeks ago still very green are now dark with death from freezing temperatures and frost. As the season continues some plants will totally disappear and others will continue their vigilance with the show of bare limbs as they lie in hope of the spring. There are reasons for the seasons in nature as each one is necessary to bring a greater life in the next, all according to God’s plan. Â Thanking God for each season simply because of who He is, must be a priority. Click To TweetThanking God for who He is in all circumstances is a reflection of grace in honor of the one who made you.
Prayer: Thank you God, who provides all but mostly thank you for you who gives us the light of hope even in the darkness of winter.
Praise God with a great Thanksgiving today and everyday not only for what God gives you but for the giver Himself.
Love in Christ,
The greatest single distinguishing feature of the omnipotence of God is that our imagination gets lost when thinking about it.
Blaise Pascal, Pensees
A little Extra
Have you thanked God today for who He is? God is more than what He provides and should be honored and thanked for just being Him. Join us in discussion, how is God working in your life?