Ephesians 5:20 “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;”

Entering the second to last month of the year — especially as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday —we are often filled with reflections. When we reflect, we might begin to review the circumstances of year two of a pandemic and the adjustments our society has made —or is yet scrambling to make.

In this reflective exercise, if we choose to note the issues in our lives where we have faced challenges, grappled with hurts and wrestled with setbacks —we can do so. It is Satan’s ultimate desire for us to fixate on our troubles. Yet, whether we experience a loss of a job, or a home or even a loved one there are still reasons to thank God. Why?

First, God is always worthy. Psalm 113:3 (AMP) “From the rising of the sun to its setting the name of the Lord is to be praised (with awe-inspired reverence).” He is no less on the throne during our test than He is during our triumph. It’s natural during moments of tribulation to be emotional, cry and feel sadness. However, as we prayerfully work our way through life’s setbacks know that God’s greatness is not tarnished by our troubles.

Second, God is always with us. Matthew 28:20 (b) “and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” Sometimes jobs are moved out of the country. Sometimes marriages with the best of intentions end in divorce. Sometimes good friendships have expiration dates. Yet, this is true — our Lord WILL ALWAYS be there for us. We can reach Him in prayer — and praise be to God — He never turns His phone on “silent!” Psalm 34:17 “The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.”

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Finally, God always loves us. Our sense of self-being and self-worth ought to be rooted in the eternal. God’s love for us doesn’t have seasons, low points or ebbs. In fact, He picked out our very worst moment and decided to love us even greater. Romans 5:8 (ERV) “But Christ died for us while we were still sinners, and by this God showed how much he loves us.”

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These are just a few of the reasons why we should have an attitude of gratitude this season – and always.

Andrae P. Crismon Sr. is the pastor of Higher Ground Worship Center in Murfreesboro. He is the author of “Lord, Keep My Mind Clean: Teen Edition.” To find out more about him and his writings go to andraecrismon.org

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