Oh, Give Thanks to the Lord!

So often when life-changing incidents take place as, for example, when a family member is diagnosed with cancer, the patient as well as other involved family members many times 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, and that is faith in Jesus Christ 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. In Romans 10:17, God tells us, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” With faith in our hearts, all of God’s promises are ours. When trouble and hardship enters into the lives of believers, 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 as valid today as it was when He spoke those words 2000 years ago. Please 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.” If you would like to learn more about Jesus and His work that saved the world from sin and eternal death, please join us for worship or make an appointment with our pastor. Have a blessed Thanksgiving in Jesus!

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