Nov 21, 2009

Giving Thanks All The Time

Giving Thanks in Difficult Times
by Franklin Graham

Some of you may have seen your life savings evaporate in the financial chaos that has brought down some of the pillars of our economy. Some may have lost your homes in a hurricane or foreclosure. Many of us have a personal stake in the battles against terrorism, and thousands of families are grieving for brave soldiers who have sacrificed their lives overseas — and at home.

And that’s just the national headlines—not to mention individual tragedies like cancer and divorce that overshadow many of our lives.

In times like these, when nations are desperate for someone they can trust, Christians know we can always find strength and hope in the Word of the Lord. He tells us through the Apostle Paul, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NKJV).

Paul knew what it meant to praise God in the midst of suffering. He gave up a relatively comfortable and prestigious lifestyle to become an itinerant preacher who was repeatedly persecuted, beaten, shipwrecked and imprisoned. When he prayed to God for relief from a thorn in the flesh—what he called “a messenger of Satan to buffet me” —God answered, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9, NKJV).

As the world struggles to cope with disease, famine, war, disaster and poverty, it is our responsibility as Christians to assure the world that God is still in control and that He has a plan to rescue all who repent of their sins and trust Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Not only has He suffered on our behalf, but He has promised to bear our burdens. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28, NIV).
For that, we can be eternally thankful.

This old world may be falling apart, but ultimately this is not our home. “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe” (Hebrews 12:28, NIV).

Article reprinted from Decision magazine

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9 comments:

A Hint of Home said...

Hi Kathy,
Happy Thanksgiving to you.
That was wonderfully stated. Christ is our only hope of salvation and God's grace is always sufficient for whatever our trials may be.

Charlotte said...

These words are so true, Kathy. It is easy to get discouraged with all the terrible things that are happening in our country and around the world. We need to be constantly reminded that God is still in control and all will be made right in the end. Thank you for sharing this with us today.
Blessings,
Charlotte

Ginger said...

What a touching post this is. Life has so many turns. My 6 year old grandson and I were talking about Heaven and each of us were describing what we thought it would be like, because like your story said this is not our home.
God Bless,
Ginger

Debbie said...

This was a really good post, and soo blessed me tonight. It is just soo true. I have learned the older and older I have become to rejoice in everything, as it is all in His hands. Thanks for this reminder..Have a wonderfully blessed Thanksgiving, Debbie

Renee said...

Hi Kathy
I enjoy Franklin Graham so much it was great to read this from him. So many good verses to comfort us and remind us that God is in control.
God bless!

A Little Of This And That said...

God is our hope. He's greater than any force that comes against. Thanks for the reminder.

RCUBEs said...

Thanks for this timely reminder. "That we can remain joyful despite what circumstances we are facing." God bless and Happy Thanksgiving!

Cathy said...

Loved that, just beautiful ~

Denise said...

Really, really nice.