Something for Which to Be Thankful
Can you think of something for which to be thankful? I am sure you can. Almost every person can think of at least one thing for which to be thankful. Oh, but you might say, I've had a terrible day today. A business deal fell through; or, my best cow just died; or, the fellows I work with were especially irritating; or, my boss seemed to give me all the mean jobs to do; or, the washing machine stopped working in the middle of a big wash; or, the children went wandering in the mud puddle and came home all dirty and wet - what else is going to happen today?
But just think a minute. Let's forget all these troubles and think of some blessings that you might have, such as, good health? Plenty of food to eat and warm clothes to wear? A comfortable home? A steady job? Do you now admit that you have at least one thing for which to give thanks?
The Bible tells us that we should be thankful in all circumstances. What a strange book, you may say. Does it really say that? Well, Eph. 5:20 tells us:
GIVING THANKS ALWAYS FOR ALL THINGS UNTO GOD AND THE FATHER IN THE NAME OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.
Jonah gave thanks out of the belly of the great fish:
BUT I WILL SACRIFICE UNTO THEE WITH THE VOICE OF THANKSGIVING. Jonah 2:9
Paul wrote in 2 Cor. 4:15:
FOR ALL THINGS ARE FOR YOUR SAKES THAT THE ABUNDANT GRACE MIGHT THROUGH THE THANKSGIVING OF MANY REDOUND TO THE GLORY OF GOD.
How shall we give thanks for all the blessings which we receive? Long ago a man was searching for a way to show his thanks for all his blessings. He cried out:
WHAT SHALL I RENDER TO THE LORD FOR ALL HIS BENEFITS TOWARD ME?
And suddenly he answered his own question:
I WILL TAKE THE CUP OF SALVATION AND CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD. Psalm 116:12,13.
The cup of salvation is the finest gift God has to offer us. It was prepared at great cost because it meant the blood of His own Son.
THANKS BE UNTO GOD FOR HIS UNSPEAKABLE GIFT. 2 Cor.. 9:15
None of His material blessings have cost that much. He created all the wonderful resources of this earth out of nothing. But the cup of salvation was costly in that God had to surrender His own Son. THOUGH HE WAS RICH, FOR OUR SAKES HE BECAME POOR, THAT WE, THROUGH HIS POVERTY
MIGHT BECOME RICH. 2 Cor. 8:9.
How can we say thanks to God for food, shelter, health, freedom and happiness if we have refused this cup of salvation?
Taking the cup of salvation means that we take Christ; not as a mere Martyr for His principles, but the divine Sacrifice for sins:
BUT THIS MAN, AFTER HE HAD OFFERED ONE SACRIFICE FOR SINS FOREVER, SAT DOWN ON THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD. Heb. 10:12;
not merely a great teacher but a Life-giver who saves men who believe on Him.
HE THAT BELIEVETH ON THE SON HATH EVERLASTING LIFE, AND HE THAT BELIEVETH NOT THE SON SHALL NOT SEE LIFE; BUT THE WRATH OF GOD ABIDETH ON HIM. John 3:36.
Refusal to take the golden cup of salvation while heaping up the silver platter of earthly good is a stinging insult to God.
If you are one of these ungrateful people, now is the right time to confess your sin...
BEHOLD, NOW IS THE ACCEPTED TIME, BEHOLD, NOW IS THE DAY OF SALVATION.
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