And Be Ye Thankful!

How very powerful, instructive, and directional, so necessary to blessed living it is, to comprehend the wisdom of obeying this admonition from Colossians 3:15:
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also ye are called in one body;
and be ye thankful.
Have you ever noticed how much more pleasant it is to be around people who manifest a thankful spirit, than those of an attitude that the Bible describes as unthankful, even linking such with an unholy manner?
“For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers,
disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy…” (2 Timothy 3:2)
Interesting also is the observation that sometimes people who seem to have the least to be thankful for, are more thankful than those who have much. The Pilgrims, who originated what we now observe as Thanksgiving Day, got it right! Having come through persecution, starvation, and the death of loved ones, they gathered in thanksgiving, setting the moral and spiritual foundation for the nation that was to come. How could they do that, and more importantly, how may we walk in their footsteps? Consider this with me.
A thankful heart that can know both blessing and adversity, and remain constant, looks all the way to God, recognizing His goodness to mankind, in His creation, giving life and all things, according to the Scriptures, and acknowledging that every good and perfect gift comes down from above, that God is unvarying in His goodness, that all injustice, cruelty, disaster in the world is not from Him, but from Satan and that there will be a day of reckoning for Satan and his followers, and an eternity of glory for those who have believed on His Son and followed Him.
So may we “count our blessings” at this season, but much more, and at all seasons, acknowledge and bless the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
–Pastor Don Foster, Sr.