Give Thanks

31st DECEMBER 202

Christ for Youth International

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever. Psalm 107:1 NRSV

What a way to end this year — in Gratitude! The year 2020 will go down in history as one of unprecedented “mishaps” spurred on by the novel coronavirus. Global economy, health and families, in general, were all affected one way or the other. Looking back on the year 2020, which is some 24 hours shy of the new year, it is very easy to throw hands up in the air that nothing good came your way. However, as we saw in yesterday’s devotion, God can still work a miracle for you at the eleventh hour. Simply maintain an attitude of gratitude.

Gratitude is expressed through thanksgiving, which is an act of faith. Amidst the turbulence of the year, we can still see the goodness of the Lord for which we can be grateful. Christian thankfulness will always display itself in concrete deeds of love and service, and verbal expressions of gratitude.

Ingratitude actually conveys the message that we feel less deserving of God’s free gifts; anyone who believes that God has been good to him or her will truly give thanks, no matter the circumstances. We give thanks not only for what we have but what God is about doing in our lives.

Among the many plans we have for the end of the year, let us include thanksgiving. Giving thanks to God forms an integral aspect of the Christians daily life as the word of God admonishes us to give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18). More so, it is expedient to show gratitude to God for taking you through this incredible year.

Today, determine to intentionally thank God for protecting you and your family throughout the year and the various blessings that came your way.
Have a joyful new year!

Dear Lord, you have been so generous to me in so many ways that I may not even know. Help me to count my blessings and name them one by one. I am grateful. Amen

Further Reading: Psalm 136:1–26

Prophetic Declaration: Psalm91

Song: RHB 408 Count Your Blessings

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