I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever;
With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations.
Did you notice? Make God’s faithfulness known to all generations. Think of the next generation. How will they hear? How will they know the works God did in our lifetime if we don’t tell them? If we neglect to pass on what God has done for us will they be able to understand? Will they give thanks to the LORD, seek His forgiveness and wisdom, and pray on their own?
Giving thanks. There are so many things to be grateful for. Think of all the gifts God has given to us. Do some of them come to our mind, or are we having trouble to come up with any at all?
I don’t believe God has allowed this virus into our world to crush us! However, I do believe that all of us have to refocus in one way or another. We need to search our hearts and see what and who is important to us. Isn’t it so that often enough we are taking things — and people — for granted until they are gone?
Let’s say it’s in the middle of a starry night. Do we make the effort to get up and look out the window? If so, do we find it important enough and take the time to worship the Creator, the One who made the stars?
Then there are things like birds singing their beautiful songs, gorgeous flowers blooming, bees making honey, fruit trees providing apples, pears, and more, chickens laying eggs, streams of water quenching our thirst. Are we truly grateful for these things and that the One who created and owns everything so freely shares with us?
Marriage—Family—Friendships: Do you appreciate that your spouse is still alive? How about being able to carry a baby to term, giving birth to a healthy child, watching your children grow up, and enjoying grandchildren around your family’s table? Do you care about your brothers and sisters in Christ? Would it matter to you if one or the other friendship would end?
How about the sunshine or watching a beautiful sunrise? Are we taking it for granted? God makes His sun rise (Matthew 5:45). Do we ever stop to thank Him for that? What if the sun would not be up in the morning?
Think of the best gift ever: Jesus did not only die for us but He rose again. He is alive!
For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living.
Give thanks with a grateful heart and make good use of your stay-at-home time.