Hey friends, how are you today? How was your weekend? Wow friends, can you believe November is here already? In about eight weeks, Christmas will be here and nine and a half weeks from today, we will be assuring in a new year and just like that, 2021 will be another year down in the history books. And while the future kids of tomorrow year read about past times and past people, we get to live out today’s year. While they read about our lives in the future; today, we live out the stories found in their history books.
I have found that most history books consist primarily of the destructions and disasters of mankind. Most history books tell of the rise and fall of one cause or another, or of one group of people over another. The wins and loses are taken into account but history books are rarely written from a place of neutrality.
2020 and 2021 will certainly go down in the history books. The past two years have brought so many unprecedented events, some will even complain of whiplash. There has been diseases, natural disasters, and local and global disagreements to just name a few and that’s just out there. At home, not only are we affected by these phenomena, but we also must deal with life’s inevitable lemons.
Good times are rarely talked about in the history books, they may be given a paragraph here or there, but happy moments are seldom remembered, even by God’s people. We uphold the problems for all to see, but scarcely talk about the answered prayers. Isn’t it disappointing when someone asks for prayer for an issue and never shares how that prayer was answered?
Do you know the Lord hears and answers all the prayers of His people? Every single prayer from every single believer is heard and a response is given every single time. At times, ‘yes’ is instant but at times, ‘yes’ may take years. Sometimes the Lord says ‘no’ and still (most) other times, He says ‘wait’. His perfect love and His faithfulness and His mercy and His grace promise us the best answer every single time.
When we bring these life’s issues before Him, He says don’t be like everyone else and remember only the past disasters, He tells us to recall the good times too. Bring the past happy times to the Lord too. Reminisce over the times, the Lord answered this and that prayer, over the times, He gave this and that.
Life throws us curve balls; the unexpected, unwanted, and unappreciated obstacles that too often bring us worry and anxiety. These troubles come to hasten our feet into the Lord’s presence, but while there we need to also remember the good things too; the remembering is for our good. The Lord has no problems with His memory. He forgets nothing, except our sins when we confess them. We remember the answered prayers for our sake.
- We’ve been told to be thankful. The Lord does not give suggestions, leaving room for negotiations, He gives commands. To do less is to sin against Him.
- Thankfulness for His faithfulness gives today’s problems perspective. It changes how we view these problems. Thanksgiving shrinks the present problems because it reminds us of the magnitude of our God.
- Thankfulness brings peace and joy because our eyes are no longer sorely focused on the problems, now we see and admire God’s graciousness.
- Thankfulness gives us endurance because we don’t know when our issues will be resolved. It may take years, but when we recall the Lord’s goodness to us, we have the patience to wait.
- Thankfulness helps us to trust God. When we stand in awe of His great power and might, we know and believe that nothing is impossible with Him. He can be trusted.
Life’s disasters and destructions are inevitable, but we do not have to revel in these only. Of course, we should delight in the problems because it is another opportunity for our God to display His goodness toward us. While there, let us also tell of the good times, it is for our good.
What are some things for which you are thankful?