Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. -1 Thessalonians 5:18
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? -Matthew 6:26
Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! -Psalm 106:1
Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! -2 Corinthians 9:15
At some point we’ve heard of the term “attitude of gratitude.” I actually didn’t hear this term till maybe 2005, but it really resonated with me. Even though I was and am a “glass half full” type of person, “attitude of gratitude” really reminded me to think about my mental approach when faced with less than favorable circumstances.
And once I was saved, the idea of counting your blessings meant so much more.
Too many blessings to count
God blesses us with the things we can see, and countless others in the background we don’t see. If you’ve ever tried to count all the blessings you can see, you won’t have enough time in the day. In fact, I often fall asleep at night trying to thank Him for all the things He does in my life!
The biggest blessing of all, however, is the final sacrifice made to wash away our sins and secure our salvation…a sacrificial love so unfathomably deep that a Father would give up His only Son for us, who cannot nor can ever earn or deserve it.
In light of this, there is really no trial or challenge we face that can be greater than the sacrifice made for us, which ensures our place in His kingdom. Suddenly, even the most harrowing disaster we can imagine is infinitesimally small by comparison to His love, which overwhelms all.
Downhere’s “How Many Kings” asks us: who else would sacrifice their only son for us?