Do you feel as though some pieces of the puzzle of life are out of place? Like you need more? Have the storms of life been battering at your vessel?
“In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” ~ I Thessalonians 5:18
Sounds simpler than applying it actually is. Even through the storms of life, we can choose to focus on God and thank Him for the many blessings in our lives despite circumstances being less than perfect. It’s a matter of perspective.
Do we keep our eyes on the things beyond our reach or do we focus on the infinite ways God has already blessed us? On the possibilities of faith?
I am convinced not every blessing is tangible. It cannot be held in your hand or touched or felt, but it’s there. For instance, I know God has protected me countless times from car accidents in our busy area. Many close calls, but, thankfully, we have been shielded. Just yesterday, I was stuck in bumper to bumper traffic and the black sedan behind me didn’t allow sufficient time to brake. I looked in my rear view mirror in time to see he had slammed on his brakes so much that his brakes were smoking! I was just thankful that he didn’t hit me because he was coming at a fairly fast speed! God’s hand was surely with me and I thank Him for His protection every day!!
God blesses our family all the time. He gives my husband the wisdom, knowledge and expertise to perform his job to the best of his ability. Proverbs 13:4 says, “Those who work hard will prosper.” God is so faithful to us.
Beyond the countless blessings God has bestowed on us, we are instructed to praise Him just for Who He is.
“Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth! Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before Him, singing with joy. Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us and we are His. We are His people, the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving, go into His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever and His faithfulness continues to each generation.” ~ Psalm 100 NLT
We can never thank God enough for what He has done, but we can certainly try! Our time on this earth is merely warm up for heaven. For it is there we will worship the King of Kings and Lord of Lords in all of His majesty!
“And they lay their crowns before the throne and say, ” You are worthy, O Lord our God to receive glory and honor and power. For you created all things, and they exist because you created what you pleased.” ~ Revelation 4:11
“Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse standing there. Its rider was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war. His eyes were like flames of fire and on His head were many crowns. A name was written on Him that no one understood except Himself. He wore a robe dipped in blood, and His title was the Word of God.” ~ Revelation 19:11-13
The Creator of the Universe, the Almighty God and Everlasting Father is so infinitely worthy of our praise! He is looking for those who will worship Him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:24) He is so deserving of our adoration.
If praising God is a challenge for you or you don’t know where to begin, may I suggest reading through the Psalms and making them your offering of praise? Before long, you’ll personalize your offerings of thanksgiving and worship. God is not like man, He is not interested in flowery words. He looks at the heart, the intents and purposes of man. Won’t you spend a few moments worshipping Him today?
“I will praise the Lord at all times.
I will constantly speak his praises.
I will boast only in the Lord;
let all who are helpless take heart.
Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness;
let us exalt his name together.” ~ Psalm 34:1-3