Morning Coffee with Jesus - November 23
Hello loved ones. Welcome to Monday! It is amazing how quickly the weekend flies by!
Today’s “Morning Coffee with Jesus” comes from Psalm 100:4. “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.”
As we go into the week during which we will celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, hopefully we’ll gather with loved ones, eat turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie, and cranberry sauce. It is likely we’ll also hear a sermon reminding us that in our hurried and harried world we need to stop and give thanks to God for all He has provided for us.
But I wonder how many of those sermons will focus on being thankful for the things which have brought us pain. What about those things? Shouldn’t we thank God for those too? Do we trust God enough to thank him for the difficulties and trials we’ve faced during the year? Do we trust God enough to thank him for the child who is addicted to drugs, the spouse who refuses to acknowledge God let alone give God space in his/her heart, or the parents whose divorce has left us broken and confused?
Do we trust God enough to thank him for the loss of a job, the sickness you currently face, the loved one who has walked out of your life because of your faith? Is God big enough to you to give him your praise and thanksgiving when things go wrong?
Hopefully your answer is a resounding, “Yes!” The Bible says that in this life we will have trouble. But Jesus promised us that in the midst of that trouble He is. Jesus promised us that he would never leave us or forsake us. Yes, God gives and God takes away. And Job said “yet will I praise Him!”
Even though you face trials and tribulations that may seem as big as a mountain, rest assured that Jesus, who created the mountains, can also knock them down in a matter of moments.
Thank God for all of your life – good and bad. The good is great but the bad is better because it causes us to lean on Jesus even more and that is the place God most desires us to remain, now and forever.
Have an awesome day in Jesus! Go MAD in someone’s life today.