Friday, November 30, 2018

Thankfulness

"Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His love endures forever." Psalm 136:1

Thankfulness should be at the core of the believer. But how when our lives are awash by fear, worry, and circumstances we cannot control? By giving thanks. As we've studied Genesis, we see Abraham and Isaac do very similar things.

The first: Build an altar. To make a memory where something profound has happened. In that day, it would be a heap of stones. In this day, it could be something like writing down three things that you are thankful for at the end of each day. This act, gives you a few moments to record what God has done.

The second: Calling on the name of the Lord. God created us to worship. When our hearts and minds become concerned with things other than God, we as so many others before us, forget the Lord our God. The simple act of worship--either singing along to your favorite song, or simply taking a moment to thank God out loud for what He has done--is the best antidote to forgetting.

Of all the things to be thankful for, salvation is at the top of the list. Let that be your starting place. Frederick Buechner, "Turn around and believe that the good news that we are loved is better that we ever dared hope, and that to believe in that good news, to live out of it and toward it, to be in love with that good news, is of all glad things in the world, the gladdest of all."

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