Thanksgiving day is tomorrow, so I want to take the time to celebrate a few of the things I’m thankful for this year. Last year at this time, I was in a real difficult place in my life. My health issues seemed to totally consume me. A year later, I still have the health issues but life is so much better now. God has been gracious and has given me new perspectives on life. I am now at peace and I am looking forward to spending many years enjoying my faith, my family and my life with my beautiful wife. I am so thankful for them and my life is so much better because of their presence in my life.
I invite you to share your thoughts as we give thanks for all that God is and all He has done. The idea of being thankful daily is something I want to focus on in 2011. With a holiday set aside to be thankful this is a great time to talk about all of God’s blessings.
I’m thankful that God is good.
Psa 73:1 “Surely God is good to Israel, To those who are pure in heart!”
In his book, Knowledge of the Holy, A.W. Tozer wrote,
“That God is good is taught or implied on every page of the Bible and must be received as an article of faith as impregnable as the throne of God. It is a foundation stone for all sound thought about God and is necessary to moral sanity. To allow that God could be other than good is to deny the validity of all thought and end ill the negation of every moral judgment. If God is not good, then there can be no distinction between kindness and cruelty, and heaven can be hell and hell, heaven. The goodness of God is the drive behind all the blessings He daily bestows upon us.”us.”
For me, this is a foundational truth of Christianity. For us to have a good God is an amazing insight into the very core of our faith. Unlike many religions that put the burden on man to please and appease an angry god, our God is good and loves us. It’s His goodness that invites us to approach Him. His goodness is at the very core of all our theology- because He is good… He made us, because He is good… He sustains us, because He is good …He saved us, because He is good and is always good I can approach Him without fear. To say that God is good brings great peace to fearful hearts and great comfort to the brokenhearted. It’s His goodness that engulfs all He has made. It’s His goodness that is revealed in all that Jesus did and said. It’s His goodness seen in the cross. It’s His goodness that raised Jesus from the dead, and ultimately it’s His goodness that will oversee the final judgment of each one of us.
Later in his chapter on the goodness of God, A.W. Tozer wrote, “Always God’s goodness is the ground of our expectation.” By His own words He has told us He is good and that He never changes. It’s His amazing goodness that I’m thankful for today. As many have said, almost to the point that we lose it’s importance, God is good….ALL the time. Forever the God who made us demonstrates that at the very heart of His nature is an ultimate goodness that I want to be close to…that I want to emulate….that I want others to experience.
Today I’m thankful that God is good.
I’m thankful that God loves me.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
One of the things we don’t know about God is how He looks at us, how He feels about us. We don’t know that unless He tells us. This short verse, the most familiar in the bible, tells me how God views me. Note that this verse was spoken by Jesus (God the Son) himself. In other words he said, “I want you to know how much the Father and I love you….we love you so much that we decided to give the most valuable gift imaginable to demonstrate that love, we decided to give ME (Jesus).” Jesus loved the Father so much that he obeyed and came, and He loved me so much that He died to save me….as I unpack this idea I get overwhelmed by how big God’s love is for me. It’s more than I can even imagine.
Being loved without qualification, without expectation gives me a comfort, a peace, a hope that changes how I view God, myself and the world around me. I am loved not for what I have done, not for how I look, not for my money, not for my brains….I’m loved because God loves me…..that’s it. What an amazing blessing, and I’ve only just shared with you a few drops from the ocean of his love for us. It’s so much more than we can even understand. We are loved by the one who made us, and it’s shown in his son who became a man and died for our sins.
Today I’m thankful that God loves me.
I’m thankful that I can talk to God and he listens.
One of the great invitations of the Bible is for us to talk to God. We call it prayer, but it’s very simply an invitation to come and visit with the Creator. He invites us to talk to Him anywhere, anytime about anything and He tells us He hears and listens. I’m thankful for a God who cares and listens.
The world is a very lonely place at times. I see so many who are alone with no one who seems to care for them, but God does. Whether you are rich beyond your wildest dreams or homeless and sleeping under a bridge God cares about you and listens when you call. This week is a great time to simply talk to God and thank Him for all He has done for us.
I’m so thankful that we have a God who listens when we call.
So…what are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?
Enjoy your families and I hope you have a special time being thankful for the great things God has done for you.