This week we celebrate Thanksgiving in America. Even though there are many things in your life that seem to pummel you regularly and you wish were not there, there are still many things we can be thankful for. There is an old hymn entitled “Count Your Blessings.” The words are, “Count you blessings, name them one by one, count your many blessings, see what God has done.”
The challenges and problems that we live with can be overwhelming. But when you start to think about what God has done in your life, and you begin to count the blessing He has poured out on you, the harder side of life is put into a better perspective.
There is an anonymous Psalm written by a man who was facing certain death but God rescued him. Consider his thankfulness when God showed him His goodness and rescued him from death.
How kind the Lord is! How good he is! So merciful, this God of ours! The Lord protects those of childlike faith; I was facing death, and he saved me. Let my soul be at rest again, for the Lord has been good to me. Psalm 116:5-7
When you begin to count your blessings, a good place to start is with the kindness of God. God by nature is kind and it is His deep desire to show kindness to all people. Sending Jesus to come and live in this world and experience the ugly side of life along with all the sorrow and suffering you have to deal with is a perfect example of His kindness.
This also shows us just how merciful He is. In His mercy, God sent his Son Jesus to stand in our place and pay the full price for our sins on the cross. What mercy! What love! Isn’t this something we can be thankful for?
The writer of this Psalm gives us the secret to being blessed by God. He said, “The Lord protects those of childlike faith.” God responds to faith that is pure. A child has complete faith in their dad or mom to rescue them when they are in trouble. They are completely confident that mom and dad will be there for them and can do anything. This is the kind of faith that God honors and responds to. When facing troubles and problems bigger that you, do like a child does and place your faith completely in God and see what happens.
Another thing you can be thankful for is that God can bring rest and peace to you even as you struggle with things that you cannot handle. God says that when you have the kind of childlike faith He is speaking of, your stress and anxiety will be replaced with rest, peace and quiet within.
This week as we prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, remember, you have lots to be thankful for because “the Lord has been good to you!” Praise God!
Have a wonderful holiday and remember that you have many blessings to count!
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