Give Thanks to the LORD for He is Good His Love Endures Forever
I Chronicles 16:34
Give Thanks to the LORD
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. I Thessalonians 5:18
We are encouraged to give thanks to the LORD in everything in our life. To be able to do this, our hearts and minds need to be settled on the fact that God is in control…God has a plan…that this life is not IT…and that ultimately all will work together for good.
It’s hard sometimes, because we’re so focused on our daily tasks, our problems and the present life surrounding us. To be able to truly give thanks for everything we need to have an understanding of eternity and of the whole picture. Our life is made up of moments, of relationships and of events. These things all come together…then there’s the hope of eternal life with God and with Jesus..forever. In light of that and of eternity…the daily trials, the daily things to do should lose their focus, their importance. It’s not to say that we don’t pay attention to these things and to do our best in all we have laid before us. But, it does encourage us to put things in the right perspective.
He is Good
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! Psalm 34:8
If we pause and reflect on the goodness of God, we realize that it is completely rooted in his love. His goodness and his love are attributes of his character. That’s who he is. Without the goodness of God…we would all be without hope. God knows us more intimately that we even know ourselves. The complexity of our being, of the world’s creation and his presence throughout establishes a sweet relationship with him. God holds all things together. God created all things and God provided a way for us to have a relationship with Him. The depth and breadth of His goodness is immeasurable. We cannot fully understand it, but as we can imagine a loving parent towards their child, we can get a glimpse of the love and the goodness of God toward us.
His Love Endures Forever
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23
There is a surety in the knowledge of the constant love of God for us. God’s love for us never ceases. This is such a part of Him that it is supremely glorious. God is love. God has expressed His love toward us, even at times when we have gone our own way or when we’ve been drawn away by circumstances of live. Knowing that we can turn and return to Him to find him dependable, true and steadfast…knowing that forever God is and he’s gifted us with a forever with Him…we can have complete assurance that no matter what – all things will work together for good.
This is a point of praise and of thanksgiving. We all go through mountaintops and through valleys. Throughout it all – we have God’s constant presence. There’s no where, nothing we can go through that He cannot be present. Our hearts should have uplifting joy knowing this and a sense of calm and of safety. Today, let’s remember to be grateful, to be thankful for the constant goodness and love of God in our lives.