We’re celebrating Thanksgiving because there’s many a reason to be thankful. We’re thankful to be alive, thankful for our friends, thankful maybe for any kind of material blessing, thankful for our health, and the list goes on and on. A major reason to be thankful, however, is the Lord. Thanks to Him we’re here. Thanks to Him we know love. Describing God in a nutshell in the Book of Psalms, we’re looking at three major features (Psalm 100:5):
“For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.”
The Lord is good. The Lord is Love. The Lord is faithful.
Speaking of His faithfulness: Yesterday I was practicing Billy Joel’s “Just the Way You Are” on the piano. I was just going through the bridge of the song when something in his lyrics got my attention:
“What will it take till you believe in me the way that I believe in you?”
It suddenly occurred to me that believing in God is a two-way street. Have you ever thought about the fact that God believes in us humans? If He didn’t, I’m sure He would not lift a finger for us. Instead He expressed His belief in us faithfully throughout human generations. Take Job’s story for instance. When Satan was badmouthing Job, God was undeterred in His belief that this man Job would not jump ship and abandon his faith after everything was taken from him. A truly fascinating story showcasing God’s faith in human beings! And what about all the sacrifices He made? What about Jesus, the Son of God who became the Son of Man? None of that would have happened without God’s firm belief in you and me.
What will it take till we believe in Him the way that He believes in us?
Maybe something to think about as we’re going through the Holiday season – Happy Thanksgiving everyone!