Pastor's Pen: Are we thankful?

Ron Witbeck, associate pastor at Resurrection Life Church in Big Rapids

Ron Witbeck, associate pastor at Resurrection Life Church in Big Rapids

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With all of the craziness that we are currently surrounded by it may seem difficult to be thankful. We are not the first ones to face difficult times. The original or the first Thanksgiving Day was celebrated amongst the loss of loved ones, lack of food, and then finding themselves in a new land full of unknowns, yet they celebrated and gave thanks to God for everything they did have!

So, as our Thanksgiving Day has passed, did we stop and give thanks for the blessings that God has given us?  

It’s so easy to be dragged down by everything that currently affects our lives today! Just like those early pilgrims we should look to all of the blessings God has placed around us. I don’t need to take the time to list all of the trials that we are experiencing in our neighborhoods, cities, states or this country of ours.

In the Bible we see where, by their own rebellion, people and nations suffered the consequences of trying to do their own thing, many times causing God to weep over those He had created. We read about the flood, Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed, prophets being killed, and Joseph and David being anointed then suffering at the hands of others. Many times God’s people were taken captive, losing their home land, but they were not forgotten.

We should all be thankful that God had a plan from the beginning by sending Jesus, John 3:16-17.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

‘Thanksgiving Day’  has passed, let’s continue to be thankful that we can offer praise to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  His shed ‘Blood’ still holds promises of peace and eternity.

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne.  Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” —  Revelation 3:20-22

Now by showing thankfulness, let’s open that door!

— Ron Witbeck is an associate pastor at Resurrection Life Church in Big Rapids.