2018-11-30 / Chaplain's News

Giving thanks to God in all circumstances

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER
Chaplain (Capt.) Patrick G. Kihiu
551st Signal Battalion

Thanksgiving Day is one of the most important holidays in the United States of America.

On this special day citizens across our land pause to give thanks for our rich heritage and for all the liberties reflected in our Constitution.

We take time to give thanks to God for all his blessings and providence in yet another year.

The Old Testament Book of Psalms is replete with examples of giving thanks to God through all kinds of circumstances.

For instance, in Psalm 106:1, we read these words of encouragement, “Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”

We can all find reasons to express similar words of thanksgiving for all of God’s blessings.

These blessings may be spiritual, physical, emotional or multidimensional.

In Psalm 103:1-5, King David begins by reminding us to thank God for all our benefits, which include: the forgiveness of our sins, healing from our diseases, redeeming us from the pit (of hopelessness and despair), crowning our lives with love and compassion, and satisfying our desires with good things.

The truth is that God’s blessings are too many to count, and too broad to measure.

As a nation we can take pause and thank God for bringing us through another year full of challenges.

We can also testify of God’s goodness in our military community and for all our families (near or far).

Even in the difficult times God has promised “never to leave us nor forsake us” (Deuteronomy 31:6).

By faith we can also maintain a spirit of Thanksgiving in the midst of overwhelming circumstances.

It is precisely with this “attitude of gratitude” that we can witness God at work in our lives.

We see this illustrated in the New Testament biblical story of Jesus Christ feeding the “hungry multitude” (John 6:1-13).

When confronted with this humanly impossible circumstance, he began his prayer by giving thanks and then distributing the bread and the fishes enough to feed literally thousands of people.

Are you feeling overwhelmed? Are you bearing a heavy load and are not sure where to turn for help?

The good news is that God can make a way for you where there seems to be no way.

If he can feed the “hungry multitude” with just “five loaves” and “two fishes,” he can surely meet all of our spiritual and physical needs if we can give him a chance.

It all begins with placing our trust on him and allowing him to do the rest.

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