Thankful During Times of Need – Week of November 27, 2017

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.
Psalm 27:8

Have you listened to a child talk about her favorite superhero? The child might talk about what the superhero wears, says, or does to defend the world. It’s obvious, in the way the child excitedly stumbles over their words to tell you about him, that they trust and care for this character that can perform super-human tasks.

Isn’t this also how we feel about our God? He is our strength, our shield, in him we trust. We believe every word that he says, and he helps us through the day! He helps us. He helps us even if we don’t think we need it, even when we do not know we are approaching danger. We are so thankful for our strong God!

Sometimes it is hard to be thankful during times of need. Being “in need” is uncomfortable, and often painful, both physically and emotionally. This often causes us to take our eyes off our God. We instead focus on worldly matters, further pushing ourselves away from the very one who helps us!

Yet like any good super hero our God doesn’t wait for us to get our priorities straight before he springs into action.  Putting that strength and protection to work for us, he sent his Son into the world to be our Savior.  In Jesus, he helped us with our greatest affliction: sin separating us from him and his protecting power.  Through Christ we have been restored to God where he promises continued protection and support in difficult times.

So, let us be thankful for the one that fills our every need, especially the need to be forgiven. God has forgiven us through the death and life of his son, Jesus. Let us be thankful for our Savior in times of need and always.

Prayer: Dear Jesus, I praise you for your love and all-knowing power! I trust you will always provide for me. Help me continue to seek you in times of trouble, taking comfort in your promise to keep me safe. Amen.

A Question to Consider: How can you show your thankfulness to God for what he has done for you?

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