Give Thanks in ALL Circumstances
by Rev. David Rodriguez on October 31, 2020
In a few weeks, we will be gathering with our loved ones to give thanks to God for His faithfulness.
In First Thessalonians 5:18 we read, Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
But how can we praise God in circumstances like these? COVID, wildfires, political strife, racism, sheltering in place. Can we give God thanks at a time like this?
On October 3, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation which established Thanksgiving as a national holiday. Lincoln wrote that he was issuing this proclamation “In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity.” During the worst time in the history of our nation, Lincoln called on the nation, …to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.
This has been a painful and chaotic year for all of us. Thankfully, God is with us and caring for us. During all that is going on, we can still give God our thanks for all that He is doing in our personal lives and in the world around us.
In addition to giving thanks and praise to God for how He provides for our every need, Lincoln called us to come before God to, …fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility, and Union.
You will be receiving this newsletter before the election. People are already struggling with anxiety and grief and disillusionment. No matter how things turn out, millions will also be disappointed. At a time like this, the followers of Jesus are needed to “fervently implore” God to heal and unite our nation. Only God can bless us with “peace, harmony, tranquility, and Union.” Lincoln knew this. And deep down, so do we.
There is hope for our nation. God will always be with us. Next Thanksgiving, we will have many more reasons to give thanks to the Lord.
May God bless you with His peace as you celebrate His faithfulness with thankful and joyful hearts.