After our last weeks women’s retreat there is one word that springs forth and that is, gratitude. Gratitude that God came through for all of his daughters. That He provided us with so many women (53) with this being, only the third time that we organised a Captivating retreat, here in Adelaide. Our little ministry is growing and that is a blessing.
God provided us with a couple of days of sunshine despite being winter here. That is something to be thankful for in order for the women to go outside and enjoy the beauty of nature and enjoy everything, God created.
Scripture calls us over and again to give thanks to the Lord. In psalms 107:1 it says: “Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever”. Or in Psalms 100:4; “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
Even the apostle Paul tells us, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (I Thessalonians 5:16-18). We are called to give thanks not just in the good circumstances but in all circumstances.
Unfortunately we are living in a day and age where it is far more easy for people to criticise than praise, to express disappointment than gratitude. to complain than to give thanks, and to count our losses rather than count our blessings.
A lack of gratitude is really a path to much deeper spiritual problems. In Romans 1 the apostle Paul speaks of how humanity has completely turned and rebelled against Him, worshipping the creation in stead of the Creator. They would not give thanks to God, they wanted life on their own terms. They did not want God to be the leader of their lives and it led to depravity. It led to rebellion.
But know this:
God loves a thankful heart. Gratitude is an attitude. A thankful heart and a voice lifted to God in thanks gets the attention of heaven. Thanksgiving is a lifestyle.
When we realise every good thing we have in life is a result of Gods goodness and kindness, we should naturally become thankful. Gratitude grabs Gods attention and changes us. Thankfulness can rewire the brain. Gratitude has the power to overcome fear and anxiety so we can enjoy life (more).
It is even the will of God for your life: “in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”.
Don’t we all want this?
Do you have something to be thankful for today?