ABC’s of Thanksgiving – Letter I

Ephesians 5:20 and 1 Thessalonians 5:18 tell us to always give thanks to God in all circumstances in Christ Jesus/Messiah Yeshua.Always being thankful no matter what the situation? Really? But that’s God’s command to Christian and messianic believers. So, just what does this mean?

My friend constantly complains about her work conditions:

~overworked because of not hiring enough people;

~overworked because other goldbrick workers don’t carry their weight;

~treated with prejudice by incompetent supervisors who are constantly spewing out negatives.

So, God, where are the thanks in theseĀ  circumstances?

Child,

I am Initiator of Work (Genesis 2:15 implied). I placed your friend in that particular job to be a testimony for Me. The goldbrickers and incompetent supervisors must see their need of a relationship with a personal God. How better to get their attention than to give them a real example of what that looks like.

Life isn’t about My people. It is about My working in them to accomplish My will. As God, I am capable of doing anything and everything I want. But I chose to allow My children to work alongside Me. That way they receive blessings both on earth and in eternity.

I know work conditions are not perfect. That’s why I instruct My children not to grow weary in doing well (Galatians 6:9). If My children remember that I placed them in their work situations – volunteer or paid – they will work for Me. Children that don’t understand this will work for their bosses or supervisors. It will be easy for them to be slack in their performance (Proverbs 18:9).

~Be thankful to have a job.

~Be thankful that I give skill and wisdom to accomplish the job.

~Be thankful for the opportunity to have treasures in heaven which are more important than a paycheck or bestowed honor.

Child, be thankful that you work for Me!

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ABC’s of Thanksgiving – Letter C

Ephesians 5:20 and 1 Thessalonians 5:18 tell me to always give thanks to God in all circumstances in Christ Jesus/Messiah Yeshua. Always being thankful no matter what? Really? But that’s God’s command to believers. So, just what does this mean?

~Cancer is a curse. How can I be thankful when I see my mother suffering?

~Change that is unexpected seems like a curse. How can I accept that with gratitude?

~Divorce is unwanted and so destructive. How can I find anything good in such a curse as this?

God, You commanded me to always give thanks in all circumstances. Why would you say that? You are All-Knowing/Omniscient (Isaiah 46:10 implied). Surely You know things that happen to me aren’t all blessings. If that were true, being thankful would be easy. But life isn’t all good. Bad things happen. How can I obey Your command in those situations? I don’t understand.

Child,

My commands are light to your eyes (Psalm 19:8; verse 9 Tanakh). They reveal how I work, and what I expect from you. They are a yardstick measuring your devotion and loyalty – even when you don’t understand.

I am God Who Turns Curses into Blessings (Nehemiah 13:2). I delight in showing you how easily I do that. Can gets people’s attention like nothing else. I want them to draw close to Me that otherwise wouldn’t happen. Disease is a curse. Seeking My help and will turns the curse into a blessing.

I am Chief Cornerstone (1 Peter 2:6; Psalm 118:22). Change is a tool I use to move you from one path to another. A new path to travel that will provide blessings never found on the old one.

I Comfort with a Rod and Staff (Psalm 23:4). These are shepherd tools used to keep sheep from straying into enemy territory. I removed you from your abusive home in order to keep you safe.

Child, practice looking beyond the “curse” situations. That’s where you will see Me. Be thankful that I see the other side of the curse – its blessing!

Love,

God

Champion of the Poor and Needy (Psalm 140:12 implied; verse 13 Tanakh)