There is so much to be thankful for, isn’t there? We all have adequate food, clothing, shelter, and so much more. Compared to much of the world’s population, both now and throughout history, we are incredibly blessed.
But even in terrible times, believers are to be thankful. I am always astonished and humbled by this song from Habakkuk 3:17,18:
Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines,
Though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food,
Though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls,
Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.
How is this possible? I finally understood Sunday morning when our pastor preached on Psalm 63:3. King David, hiding in the desert from his son Absalom who had taken over his throne, said,
Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.
God’s love toward them filled these Old Testament saints with thanks even in terrible circumstances.
And God loves us, too, in our much better circumstances. So, wherever you are, and whatever is happening in your life, I wish you joy and gratitude in the love of our God and Savior.