Each day that you open your eyes and experience another day – is truly a gift from up above.
Not only has God gifted you with life here on earth – but to those who have placed their faith in Jesus, He’s granted the greatest gift of all – reunion with Him and eternal life in heaven.
But do you truly take time to thank God for not only what He gives – but for simply who He is?
The sinfulness of man leads us to assign a level of “importance” to our lives, thinking we are “too busy” to live out spiritual disciplines.
We can run our kids around to after-school sports…
… but can’t read our Bible for five minutes.
We’re quick to binge watch the latest series…
… but we can’t spend time in adoration praising God.
Or – maybe we are quick to thank God when He “answers our prayers” – but only when He answers them the way we think He should.
But what happens when God is silent?
Or disciplines you with His love?
What happens when the consequences of this sinful world and the brokenness of others cause us pain and chaos in our lives?
Do we sing “It is well with my soul” and praise Him still?
Or do we become angry and ungrateful that He hasn’t “given us more.”
As Dr. Tony Evans said so well:
“An attitude of thanksgiving should dominate the life of the believer. Ingratitude is the mark of the devil. Satan whispers in our ears to make us think God has taken good things away from us.
God wants us to look at what He has freely given to us. “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32).
We have so much to be thankful for.”
Even on your worst day – you can praise Him for allowing you to live another day.
And in every season – you can thank Him for His goodness and faithfulness throughout your life and generations past.
A bitter and ungrateful heart sends a message to the world that God really isn’t good.
Satan is the father of all lies and he will use any tragedy in your life to whisper lies into your ears, hoping to shipwreck your faith.
To combat his lies, you must renew your mind daily with God’s Word and cultivate a heart of gratitude.
If you spend time in God’s Word on a consistent basis and see the mercy and grace He’s given His people from the beginning of time – it’s hard not to be thankful simply for who He is.
And if you struggle with feeling thankful, consider starting a daily gratitude journal and write down one thing each day that you’re thankful for.
It could be something small – or something big.
But as you begin, you’ll develop the habit of cultivating a grateful heart.
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18
May we praise Him in every season – whether in plenty or in want – and be thankful He gave us the greatest gift of all – the gift of Himself.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” – John 3:16-17
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