GRATITUDE TOWARD GOD

Illustration called: The Rescue, by Nathan Greene

Illustration: The Rescue, by Nathan Greene

By Dr. Foster H. Shannon

“Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord , O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the Pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good as long as you live so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” (Psalm 103:1-5)

Psalm 103 reminds us of the goodness of God. The Psalms teach us to worship and reverence and honor our God. It is very easy to become the victim of discouragement; to wonder why we find ourselves in undesirable situations, and to grumble and complain. But where would we be without Jesus Christ? Where would we be without the Bible? Where would we be without the correction and guidance of God? I wonder if sometimes we are more inclined to focus on our problems and our disappointments than to reflect on the amazing goodness of God? Is our cup half full or half empty?

Good News: As we believe in Jesus Christ, we belong to him. We are members of his family and brothers and sisters of all who believe.

“It is the Spirit himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.” (Romans 8:16,17)

“For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:26-28)

Our future in Christ is beautiful:

“I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand.” (John 10:28)

The destiny of all who believe in Jesus Christ is Heaven. Relatively speaking, our time is short in this world compared to God’s eternity.

We should rejoice because we are privileged to be servants of Jesus Christ. The believer is included in the work of God. We are to tell others about our Savior. How we do that depends upon our background, our abilities, and our desire to put the kingdom of God first. “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.” (Matthew 6:33)

“Jesus said to them again, Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.” (John 20:21) “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (I Peter 2:9)

If we want people to be better, we should introduce them to our Savior!

We express our gratitude in our prayers. We express our gratitude by living in accord with the teachings of the Bible. We express our gratitude by being pro active—not waiting to see what happens, but being engaged in helping the will of God to be fulfilled.

Foster H. Shannon
More about Foster…
Foster H. Shannon, Brief Biographical Note Dr. Foster Shannon received his degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Political Science, and went on to obtain a Master of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary, with emphasis on church growth. The Interim Pastor of True Light Presbyterian Church in Alhambra, CA until recently, he is the author of seven books and a Sunday School curriculum. As the President of Green Leaf Press, a non-profit Christian publishing company, established in 1981, he publishes and markets Christian books with special emphasis on Bible Study, Church Growth, and Christian Evidences.
The website is: www.gogreenleaf.com.
He enjoys riding his bicycle and swimming weekly. He likes both classical and popular music. He roots for the CAL Bears and the Chicago Cubs.
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