God's Grace and Our Thankfulness
By Scott Stephens
God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8)
Praise the Lord. Give Thanks to the Lord for He is good; His love endures forever (Psalm 106:1)
Have you ever really taken the time to consider the grace that God shows you every day? If you’re like me, it’s easy to go about your daily affairs and not really consider that all that we have, our families, our finances, our intelligence, our homes, our friends, our “stuff”… everything has been given to us by a God who loves us and is working for our good. James 1:17 explains that “every good and perfect gift is from above, coming to us from the Father of Lights.” God loves us so much that He provides for our needs, and even though some circumstances in our lives bring about sorrow and tears, He promises that He will use those circumstances for our good (Romans 8:28). Furthermore, the Lord will always be with us, He will never leave us and will not forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:8). An amazing fact that many of us seem to take for granted is that the sovereign God of the universe loves us, is watching over us, and is guiding us throughout our life!
Some of the most beautiful passages in the Bible come from the Psalms. Psalm 121:5-8 tells us that “The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.” What great comfort and peace we have from God’s promises to us in His Word!
The greatest gift, and I believe the greatest sign of grace that God has given to mankind is Jesus. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us! We don’t deserve His grace, but because God loved the world, He gave His only Son, so that those who believe in Him will not die, but have eternal life living with Him in His presence (John 3:16). Showing us His grace and mercy, Jesus came to this world, lived sinlessly amongst us, and willingly laid down His life for us. Jesus’ sacrifice paid the price for the sins of those who follow Him (Mark 10:45). Because of Christ’s sacrifice, the sins of those who follow Him are paid for, and He has given them the righteousness that only He can provide (2 Corinthians 5:21).
As I consider this wonderful love that Almighty God shows me, I pray that the Holy Spirit will convict me of my self-centeredness, and that thankfulness will fill my heart. I pray that I will remember to be thankful for what He provides, and the sacrifice that He has made. I pray too that the words of Ephesians 5:20 will resonate in my heart, so that I will give “thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” I pray the same for you too!