God tells us in His Word to be thankful in all things, good and bad. That’s because He brings good out of bad, whether we don’t know how He will or no matter how bad things appear. We can trust His Word.
Eternal Perspectives by Sally Bair
Today’s news reports are filled with dire predictions. We can’t seem to avoid hearing about the latest CoVID-19 counts and the unrest in our country. It’s enough to bring on moodiness or anger. Who can possibly benefit from the hopelessness we see and hear about these days?
The Bible holds some answers. Of the hundreds of Scripture verses about being thankful to God, one of my favorites is Psalm 103:3-5.
“Bless the Lord, O my soul; and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
When I read those words, I see a God who cares about us in every way. He offers us salvation and victory over our sins. He brings healing to our bodies, souls and spirits. He keeps us secure from outside forces. He loves us as a good father loves his child. And He supplies our needs so we can remain healthy. How can we help but thank Him?
One of the best examples of thankfulness comes from Luke 17:15, the story about ten lepers who all cried out to Jesus for healing. “And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, his face at His feet, giving Him thanks.” Such a beautiful picture of humble, heartfelt thanksgiving.
“But why only one?” Jesus asked. Did the other nine walk away, so happy that they forgot to thank their Healer? Were they so intent to start planning their new life? God would not have us be like them, but to be thankful always for everything. He makes this clear. “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
Giving thanks in all things can become one of the most important habits we can follow. When we ask, He will direct our thoughts so words of thanksgiving will flow from our lips wherever we go.
Lord, we thank You for all things. Fill our minds with words of thanks every moment and fill us with Your peace especially in troubled times. Help us never to forget all Your benefits. In Jesus’ name, amen.
(This message is taken from my newest book, “God Wants You Healed,” now available at here www.sallybair.com.)