Coming to the close of a Sabbath year portending fear, dread, and calamitous events, this world may assume a pessimistic outlook for its future, and struggle to find reasons for giving thanks. However, no matter the dismal environs of the times, there are three things Christians may be thankful for in 2015.
Beside the fact of God with us, Christians may be thankful that we are Kingdom people. Hebrews 12:28-29, informs, “Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire”. You may give thanks that you stand in an unshakable realm despite the conflicts of this world.
Additionally, Christians may give thanks that we are called to share the wonder and power of our God with those living in the shadow of death. 1 Chronicles 16:8, says, “Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples”.
Finally, Christians may be thankful that the faith in Christ on which we stand is a sure and firm foundation. Colossians 2:6-7 Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.
As a Christian, you should remain sure in your calling, shinning forth as a light in a world gone berserk. For you, everyday should be a day of thanksgiving. Nevertheless, in this season, in 2015, these three things may give you pause, and encourage someone else, to be thankful for just how good God is.
L. Jerome Jones