Friday, 1 June 2018

Thank God For God

Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

       My mother was telling me of a young boy who was being baptized. When he was asked if he had anything to say before he was submerged he said, "Thank God for God." Yes, absolutely, thank God for God. Without God in our lives, I doubt this earth would still be rotating with life on it.
      When was the last time we thanked God for being so good to us? There is freedom in being continually thankful. I know this to be true because God instructs us to give thanks in all things. 1 Thes. 5:18 Give thanks in everything, for this is the will of God toward you in Christ Jesus. 
      Someone might say, "How can I be thankful for this great and menacing problem I have right now?" We are thankful within the situation because we know that God is still God and He is the answer within that great problem. Who else can fix it? If it is an overwhelming disaster you are going through, then who else can deal in the areas of the overwhelming and impossible?
      Where can we go, other than God, to handle a world crisis caused by unrepentant man? God has the answer; we just have to be willing to submit to it when we hear it. 
      The Apostles had to answer this question when asked by Jesus if they would leave Him after He had said something controversial. Peter answers with the only answer available to them and to us, once we realize Jesus is Lord. John 6:68 Simon Peter replied, "Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life. There it is. The Lord has the words and solutions we look for in our daily walk. Therefore, we give thanks to God because He guides us through this precarious world and all the snares that come our way every day.
      Yes, thank God for God! He knows the future and what He has determined for our lives will come to pass. Isa. 46:10 I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, 'My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please. The blessing we have in life is that God does not need anyone's permission to bless us and have a relationship with us. 
      God's love for us is not determined by our ideas or thoughts of what love should be or how it is given. His love for us is His choice and will. He loves us with a perfect heart and nothing we do can stop His love toward us. He is holy, He is love, He is pure. Prov. 30:5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Yes, thank God for God.
      The goodness of God provides us with all that we need in life. Psalm 104:14 He causes the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth. It is easy to lose sight of God's goodness when we are grudgingly moving along in life. 
      When bitterness and a lack of gratitude takes the place of thankfulness, we can start looking at all that is wrong in the world and become overwhelmed. When hopelessness starts to move in, that is when we need to turn things around and start giving thanks. The fog will lift and the possibilities within our heart will be reachable again.
      The power of thankfulness can keep us strong and faith-filled throughout our life and walk with God. I am thankful that God keeps me in His heart and His love never fails. I will be thankful. Psalm 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. Yes, thank God for God.

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