2 Thessalonians 2; Isaiah 27-28; Psalm 118
We live in a demanding society and one of those demands is instant gratification. When we want something, we want it now and expect it to appear. If it’s something we have to buy and we don’t have the money, we put it on credit. We want it and we want it now! At the same time, we feel so entitled to getting whatever we want that we have seemingly lost our sense of gratitude. When we get what we want, instead of thanking those who have helped us we wonder why it took so long. Psalm 118, attributed to David reminds us that we should live in a state of gratitude; not in a state of immediate entitlement. We are to recognize God for who He is, first of all, and not just because He gives things to us. While God loves us immediately, He also loves us eternally. “Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” (Psalm 118:29) These words call us from a demanding, entitled world to become a people of gratitude. We are not to be grateful for what He has given us; although we should express gratitude when He does take care of us. We are called to be thankful because of the quality of God’s character: He is good. That doesn’t seem like a whole lot to be thankful for unless you remember that when Jesus listed those who could be called “good” the list was very short: God alone is good. God’s goodness is such a higher “good” than that of any man or woman we might call “good.” One way that we recognize God’s goodness is that His mercy endures forever. We may show mercy for a short time, but when the person we extend mercy to messes up again, our anger returns. God’s mercy endures forever. That is just one attribute of His goodness. That alone should make us thankful. Make today a day of gratitude. How can we express our thanks to God – not just for the things He has given us but also and especially for His character: He is good!
Lord, so often my prayers are about things I want. Today, let me just thank You for being good. Thank You for loving me and drawing me to You. Thank You for Your mercy that does endure forever. I have hope and strength for every day living because You are good. Thank You!