Oh, That Men would give Thanks to the Lord!

This verse gives us two reasons to give thanks to the Lord: one for who He is and the other for what He has done and does do for us. His goodness is evident in His works that He does, displaying for us His enduring mercies and the might of His redeeming power through Christ Jesus our Lord. Though trials, troubles and the miseries that assail us everyday God’s goodness and the might and power of the Holy Spirit will work all thing for our good and His glory according to His perfect will as revealed in Scripture, and His abounding grace. Though these things are not good (being the result of sin which came about because of the Fall of mankind by our first parents, Adam and Eve), we must be patient in our adversity, waiting upon God by faith trusting in His goodness, knowing that even in the chaos that exists all around us and even presses against our very soul, God is in control working mighily to conform us more and more the the image of Jesus Christ, our only Savior and Redeemer, who suffered and died in His one atoning sacrifice on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins and redeem the sinner from the bondage to sin, whereby according to God’s grace He obtained for sinners everywhere the forgiveness of sins, righteousness, salvation and everlasting life. Oh, how we have much for which to be grateful! Oh, that we would be thankful to the Lord everday for His goodness and the works that He has done for us through Jesus Christ our Savior . . . not only from our lips of praise, but also with our whole life being a testimony of thankfulness to the Lord for His goodness and His wonderful works toward us.

Soli Deo Gloria!

Rev. Richard Stetler

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