posted Nov 19, 2017, 5:59 PM by Dale Barnes

I hope that none of us are cultural about the Day of Thanksgiving; last Thursday to be exact.  I mean we just put on a thanksgiving mode for a few days and now it is finished for another year.  We can get back to living the ordinary way; anxious, fretting about the many personal and world challenges, even complaining about the difficulties we face.  You might say, “Everybody does it.”  Well, maybe not everybody!

I remember years ago in a Christian meeting, the Lord spoke to us so clearly, “You will come through difficulties faster if you offer praise and thanksgiving at that time.”  That really challenged me!  There is a verse in the Psalms that encourages us in the same way.  “He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me (God), and prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God.”  (Ps. 50:23 NIV)

In the New Testament there is a similar challenge, Colossians 2:6, “…just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”  

One of the keys to “overflowing thankfulness” is not only receiving Jesus as Lord, but living in him.  We are told that Jesus is Lord over all things to his church, and all things work together for good to those who love God.  He is Lord over our lives and controls the difficulties and challenges of life.  Our call is to bring him into everything that we face and trust him to work.  What better way to express our faith then to be a people (person) of praise.  

Let’s keep asking God to remind us of this continually so we can walk in a way that is challenging to our faith, and rewarding to our life.  “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thess. 5:18)