This year has been one for me that has been filled with many great moments. God has allowed my family and myself to experience many blessings–from great family time together to deepening friendships and growing a deeper love and commitment to the church family God has placed us in–and then finally having a house of our own. My family is truly thankful for many great blessings from God.
I realize that for many, you may not be in a similar season of life as me. You may feel very differently about the direction of your life and how it is affecting you. Whichever side you find yourself on, thankfulness is often more of a choice than an emotion that we feel.
Choosing to be thankful at times is very easy but then it can also be extremely difficult. Scripture shows us many times that we are to be thankful for everything, however.
Ephesians 5:20 Give thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
This word is the emotion that the Jewish people had for hundreds of years as they awaited the coming Messiah, Immanuel. Nearly 700 years passed between Isaiah’s prophecy of Immanuel and the time that Christ was delivered here on earth. Yet even over a period of time as great as that, God was faithful to His promise.
We, like the Jewish men and women, have much to be hopeful for. Hope for the return of the Messiah, the Savior and reigning King. Hope for lives being changed by the power of the Gospel. Hope for families transformed, addictions beaten and the power of sin demolished.
And you know why we have this hope–because He’s done it before and He promises that He will do it again.
We have much to be thankful for; let’s choose to be thankful.
We have much to be hopeful for; let’s not lose hope.
I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and will have a great Christmas! Blessings, Chris