As we set aside some time to be thankful, I want to focus on being thankful to God. It is easy for me to thank God for the blessings and things He has done in my life. However, this verse encourages us to give thanks for who God is, not only what He does. He is good. Even though many hard things happen to us, we know that God is always good.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1). This verse often comes to my mind. This year has been challenging in many ways, including losing loved ones for many in our community. No matter what challenge I am facing, I know that God is strong and always there to help.
God is love (1 John 4:8). I see a lot of hatred in the world today, from kids bickering over who is “best” at something to nations declaring war on each other. I need to be reminded that God is love, and that all of us as humans fall short of loving each other that way. This encourages me to be comforted in God’s love and to love others more in return.
God is faithful (1 Corinthians 1:9). Every time I remember the history of Dalat, God’s faithfulness stands out. Few schools would survive 4 campuses, 3 countries, 2 wars, and a tsunami. Yet God is faithful, and the school continues to grow and thrive.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). God does not change. Everything in our world changes, often at a speed that is hard to keep up with. The confidence that Jesus does not change helps me to live well in an unstable world.
As we take time this week to be thankful and count our blessings, please take some time to thank God for who He is. Which attributes or characteristics of God have really stood out to you in the past year? How can you thank God for those?