Count your blessings and thank God
A friend asks: “Why have Thanksgiving when there is so much evil?”
For the child of God, the answer is simple.The Bible commands it and is filled with thanksgiving. 11 Corinthians l9:15 says, “Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift.”
A local paper devoted two pages to notes from local students, telling what they were thankful for. Out of two newspaper pages, only two of the many students listed said they were thankful to God for the “good stuff” He gives, for the Bible, for Jesus.
It’s good that these students think of things for which to give thanks. But to whom are they giving thanks? And yes, we often see a spirit of “Give Me” and it’s good to see this record of kids’ thanks.
A song about giving thanks goes like this: “It seems that we always say ‘Give Me.’ In trouble how quickly we call. But how oft we forget to say ‘Thank You’ to the One who has given us all! It seems that we always say ‘Thank You’ each time that Thanksgiving draws near. Is it fair to cry ‘Give Me’ so often? And ‘thank you’ just one time a year.”
We who have known and sought to follow the Lord for many years have received many, many, blessings for which to thank Him.
“Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits” (Psalm 68:19).
We can pray that prayer again and again. God LOADS US with benefits, much better benefits than those from Washington, D. C.
But there is one blessing that is so great it cannot even be put into words — it is unspeakable! That gift is so great that when we try to comprehend it, the sense of awe and gratitude becomes so overwhelming (or at least should become so overwhelming). Our joy is also unspeakable, indescribable.
That gift, of course, is the gift of the Lord Jesus Christ as our Redeemer and Savior, “Whom having not seen, you love; in whom, though now you see Him not, you rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory” (I Peter 1:8).
It is significant that the Greek word translated “unspeakable” occurs only these two times in the entire New Testament. God’s unspeakable gift to us produces unspeakable joy in us. We deserve nothing but eternal separation from God in hell. Instead we will enjoy eternal life with God in heaven, and all because of that amazing and truly in expressible gift.
To think that the mighty Creator, God the Son, would not only humble Himself to become His own creature, man but then also suffer the unimaginable agony of the cross and separation from God the Father in order to deliver us from the just penalty of sin. This act speaks of such love and grace that all we can do is whisper softly, “Thank you, Lord, for this unspeakable gift.”
And then shout it over and over again in our hearts wherever we go. And share its unspeakable joy and blessing with whomever will listen to the message. “The Lord has done great things for us; whereof we are glad” (Psalm 126:3).
Thank you, Lord.
If you have a Bible question write to Pastor Lenard Huebscher, 12721 75th St. North, Stillwater, MN 55082 or call 651-430-3132. www.stillwaterbaptist.net