Tomorrow we will celebrate Thanksgiving. Though it’s great that we set aside one day a year that is officially entitled “Thanksgiving,” really everyday should be Thanksgiving for us. The Apostle Paul said, “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thess 5.18). It is God’s will that we give thanks in all circumstances. I would like to share a few reasons why I’m thankful. These reasons relate specifically to three attributes or characteristics of God.
I’m thankful because God is ALL-POWERFUL.
Matthew 19.26 says, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Speaking to the Lord, Job said, “I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted” (Job 42.2). No matter what we’re facing, no matter how difficult the circumstances, God is able to bring us through. God has never faced a situation where he had to say, “Sorry, I can’t handle this one.” God is all-powerful. He can overcome all odds. He can help us no matter what we’re facing. This causes me to give thanks.
I’m thankful because God is ALWAYS PRESENT.
Isaiah 41.10 says, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Hebrews 13.5 says, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” What an assurance to realize that God is always with us. Before leaving to go back to the Father, Jesus said to his disciples, “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you” (John 14.18). And he did come to them through the person of the Holy Spirit. Though we may not always feel God’s presence, we know based on the promise of Jesus that the Holy Spirit is with us. We are not orphans; we are children of God (Rom 8.15-17). I am thankful for this. I am thankful that I do not have to feel lonely, for I am never alone.
I’m thankful because God is FULL OF MERCY AND LOVE.
Psalm 103.8 reads, “The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.” First John 4.8 simply says, “God is love.” Though all of us have failed the Lord many times, he continues to love us. God is so patient and kind and forgiving. If you ever doubt the love of God, simply look at the cross. For it was at the cross that God proved his unconditional love for humanity when he gave his one and only Son to die for our sin (Rom 5.8). What amazing love and mercy! I am thankful that God loves us the way he does. My mentor, Bro. Frank Curtis, once told me, “The greatest thing we have going for us is the fact that God loves us.” I agree, and I’m thankful for that. I’m thankful that no matter what I’m going through I can always count on God’s love.
~Dr. Mark Jackson
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