23 Nov Consistently Thankful
Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.
This last week in worship we looked at the faith of Noah. His name means “Grace”. Noah and his family received God’s unmerited favor (grace) because they continually trusted in God. Trusting God meant that Noah was a thankful person. When he listened to God, even though others probably thought he was crazy for building an ark in the desert, Noah demonstrated ultimate trust.
I love to think of the consistency it took for Noah to build his ark. The Bible reminds us that Noah refused to take any shortcuts (Genesis 6:14). Instead, he did EVERYTHING that God commanded him. Scholars say it took him 40 years to build that giant boat. Consider what the Bible is teaching. For 40 years Noah consistently did what God asked him to do and stayed thankful the whole time.
God actually commands us to be “Consistently Thankful”. I Thessalonians 5:18 puts it this way, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
This Thanksgiving I invite you to consider becoming “Consistently Thankful”. This means that no matter what you or I face, and no matter how long it seems to take for God to answer our prayers, we will choose to give thanks every day. In so doing, we will discover God’s grace in ways in which we could never imagine.
I invite you to take a few minutes to listen to Bethel Music’s, “Touch of Heaven”.