By Marni Montanez
Psalm 118:1 New King James Version
Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.
Have you ever meditated on verses about Godís mercy? Most of us donít often think about how Godís enduring mercy is a constant in our life.
When things go wrong feelings of abandonment and frustration surface and we experience God as being distant and oblivious to our affliction. We Donít often thank God in these moments. Weíre focused on our immediate discomfort and not on the fruit it will produce.
It seems we always need a reason to thank God. But is it sincere to be grateful only at specific times? Do we thank God only when we feel Heís earned it?
The truth is there are no words sufficient enough to give thanks to a God who has given us everything and who has done abundantly more than we could ever think or ask. Our ďthank youĒ pales in comparison to His ever extended hands that help, hold and love. The words come out of our mouth without fully understanding what we are thanking God for.
There is no one in life who deserves our thankful heart more, than our Lord. And in order to thank Him properly, we must know Him properly. We will not have the full measure of understanding until, as it says in His word, we are face to face, but we can always go deeper and deeper and in that place of intimacy we can thank Him with sincerity.
It should never be that we thank God because it is our obligation. God wants us to come with an open and honest heart when we thank Him.
Challenge: sit down and meditate on God; His goodness; His mercy; His love and you will know what to be thankful for.
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.