Oh Give Thanks to the Lord!

So often when life-changing incidents takes place, for example, when a family member is diagnosed with cancer, many times the patient, as well as other family members involved become frustrated and begin to question God. “Why me?” “Why God, why my wife, why my son or daughter?” “What have I done to deserve this?” Many times troubles seem to pile up, one upon another. 

They seem too numerous to overcome. Sometimes it seems as if there isn’t any reason to be thankful to God. On our own it is impossible to overcome the hardships of this life. On our own there is nowhere to turn for true 

comfort! 

There is only one place to find true comfort, in all aspects of life. It is faith in Jesus as our Lord and Savior. This faith is given to us freely out of God’s great love for us, a love that God demonstrated when He sent His one and only Son into this world to die on the cross for our sins. Faith is a gift that comes to us only through the Word of God and the waters of baptism. “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” Romans 10:17 

With faith in our hearts all of God’s promises are ours. When troubles and hardships enter into the life of a believer they turn to their Savior for comfort. Consider these promises: Shortly before Jesus ascended into heaven He told His disciples that He would never leave them. “Surely I am with you always, to the ends of the age.” Matthew 28:20 

You can rest assured that Jesus’ promise to be with you always is just as valid today as when He spoke them 2000 years ago. Also consider that God’s Word states very clearly, “In all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 Our greatest need is the forgiveness of sins. Jesus has taken care of that as well through His perfect life and His death upon the cross. It was on the cross that Jesus shed His lifeblood for your sins and mine. As we sit down for Thanksgiving dinner, we may be facing all kinds of problems and difficulties. But we can say with confidence, “We have Jesus. He is our one true friend. He is our Savior. Have a blessed Thanksgiving in Jesus!