I deal in hope : Carolyn R Scheidies

Devotion Oh Give Thanks

Read: Psalm 106

Praise ye the Lord, O give thanks unto the lord; for He is good: for his mercy endures for ever.
–Psalm 106:1 (KJV)

Oh give thanks to the Lord! But not this evening. I had a rotten day at the office and have this beastly headache.

Oh give thanks to the Lord! Not now! Not when I’ve put up with the kids squabbling all day. Jimmy messed his diapers on the way to the store. What a mess! Besides, I may be coming down with the flu.

Oh give thanks to the Lord! Good grief! How can I give thanks when my favorite aunt just died? We were so close, and I wasn’t ready for this.

For all our many and varied excuses, God’s Word doesn’t change to suit our vacillating moods or circumstances. Philippians 4:4 (KJV) reads, “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.”

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV) reads, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

Most of our problems, big or small, cannot compare to God’s love, care and power. By complaining and refusing to be thankful, we imply God either isn’t strong enough or doesn’t care enough to help us in our times of need. By our negative words and actions, we deny ourselves the comfort of His presence to lift us up and give us a new perspective on our circumstances.

Do I truly wish to always be unhappy, dragging down my family, friends and everyone around me? Or do I wish to look up and let God’s life, laughter and love flow through me, changing my perspective and my attitude?

Help me, Lord, remember to give you thanks, no matter what the circumstances or no matter what my mood. Please, help me develop an attitude of gratitude. Amen.

Meditations: Psalm
Monday: 9
Tuesday: 34
Wednesday: 47; 66
Thursday: 75
Friday: 92
Saturday: 95

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