“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!” (1 Chronicles 16:34).
Sometimes we have a whole lot to be thankful for. In other periods, we might see more cause for complain than for giving thanks. But some grounds for thankfulness are always there and will never change. They are so stable because they come from a God who “endures forever”, “with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change” (James 1:17).
The greatest ground for thankfulness is that “while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son” (Romans 5:10). We were all born as sinners. We all lived in rebellion against God. But God so loved the world that He provided a way for us to be reconciled to Him. Whoever accepts this offer of forgiveness, receives eternal life and “every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 1:3). Maybe we don’t really value this gift of grace every day because we ‘got used to it’, but if we take time to meditate on God’s mercy, there are so many reasons to be thankful!
If you feel downcast and find it difficult to be thankful, remind yourself of God’s offer of salvation to sinners…
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