November 28, 2019
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name. Psalm 100:4. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Colossians 3:15
If worry is the opposite of faith, then giving thanks is the expression of faith—in fact, the highest expression. You say, “I don’t know if I have as much to thank God for as some other people.” The apostle Paul was in a filthy Philippian jail awaiting possible beheading, when he wrote, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”
God has blessed you. You may not think so, because you’re measuring blessings by the barometer of health, wealth, and happiness. Sometimes those are blessings, sometimes they’re not. Some people are cursed with wealth. Some don’t know how to use health. And happiness keeps some people from seeking the Lord.
Let me tell you what blessings we have: “Blessed be the Lord who daily loadeth us with benefits…” (Psalm 68:19). God has loaded your wagon. How often? Daily! “It is of the LORD’S mercies we’re not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning…” (Lamentations 3:22-23).
Every day you wake up to blessings. Thank Him for simple blessings like good, clean water. Enough food. Shelter. We are so blessed.
I’ve noticed unthankful people are never happy people. They’re filled with bitterness, fear, negativism, selfishness and self-pity. Refuse to worry, but carry everything to God in prayer. Rejoice in the presence of the Lord, leaning upon His power and provision. Rest in the peace of the Lord. Do everything with thanksgiving.