The holidays are upon us, and it is very easy to look upon the things that we don’t have instead of what we do. Doing this affects our joy levels and question God’s love for us as His children. Thanksgiving opens our eyes to see what God has done in our lives. It also helps us to be optimistic about the future and rest assured that God will fulfil His promises to us.
Instead of looking at what others have, let’s look at what God has done for us. We will be sharing five things that you should be thankful for this season in this post.
Things to be Thankful for This Season
Is there anything to be thankful for this year? The year 2020 wasn’t great for most people, and this year is more of a “rebuilding year.” There are still things to be thankful for despite all the challenges, and we will show you a few below.
We don’t always get along with our family members but have you ever wondered how life would be without them? As the holidays get closer, many of us are looking forward to spending time with our family members. After all, we’ve been away from most of them for a while.
Do you know that some people don’t even have a single family member to spend time with during the holidays? When you see it in this light, you will see reasons to give God thanks concerning your family members.
Life and health
Never take the fact that you are alive and well for granted. We all have lost someone or heard of people dying to the pandemic. While we grief about our lost loved ones, we must thank God that we are still here.
We take our being healthy for granted a lot until we fall ill. How well can you take care of yourself to protect yourself from illness? Even when you fell sick, God still came through and healed you (Psalms 103:3, Psalms 107:20). As we look forward to the holidays, we should thank God specifically for keeping us alive and well.
Here’s a simple question that you try answering? How would you fare if you had no shelter and you were exposed to the weather elements 24/7? Many of us wouldn’t survive a week in such harsh conditions yet, and we overlook the fact that we have a roof over our heads.
You may look at the homes of your contemporaries and try to compare your living conditions. Doing this makes you feel like you can do better or God hasn’t done enough for you. Why not thank God for the fact that you even have shelter over you and your family first before complaining? According to Apostle Paul, we must be content and grateful regardless of the circumstance (Philippians 4:11-13).
Access to God’s presence
Another thing that we take for granted so much is the access we have to God’s presence as Christians. Being sons of the kingdom allows us access to God anytime we want. You don’t have to go to a particular place or perform special rituals to connect with God. Why should you when He dwells in you and you in Him?
The privilege that we have is so incredible. Before Jesus Christ came, just the priests had access to the Holy of Holies. Now, because of His sacrifice and God’s Spirit, we have equal access to God’s presence (Ephesians 2:18). We draw strength, direction, comfort and find purpose through this access. Isn’t this just mind-blowing?
We might not always have what we want, but God comes through with what we need when the need arises. Philippians 4:19 says God supplies our needs according to His riches in glory through Jesus Christ. We don’t just have access to God’s presence; we are now partakers of His riches in glory.
Look back over the last year to see how God has constantly come through for you. He keeps providing for your needs, not just financially, but in every area of your life. Else, how would you have met that person or gotten that contract? God is the gift that keeps on giving, and we must be grateful for this.
The list of things to be thankful for this season is endless. We have shown you five of them in this post, and we are sure you have yours. Please share a few with us in the comments section and visit GodKulture to read other interesting articles.