Nov 11

Why Should We Be Thankful?

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We all have many things that we should be thankful for.

  • Some of them are trivial.
    • Like Kleenex and coffee
  • Some of them are crucial to existence.
    • Like clean water and a safe place to sleep
  • Some are gifts from family.
  • Some are due to the thoughtfulness of friends.
  • I have many reasons to be thankful.

The variety of good things keep life from being dull.

I am thankful for the things I often take for granted.

  • I am thankful for sight, sound, taste, hearing, and feeling.
    • Sometimes we complain about noise.
      • I am just glad I can hear.
    • We don’t like some of the things we see.
      • I am just glad I can see.
    • The coffee is too hot or too cold.
      • I am glad I know the difference.

Once I get past myself, I find that there are many things out there that I am thankful for.

I specifically want to address thanks to God.

I am thankful that God is incomprehensible.

God is not like man or any other god.

When Ezekiel saw the glory of God, he was looking at something language could not adequately describe.

  • Watch his description of God’s glory.
  • Immediately you realize that there is no one like the almighty God.
  • His language describes things we have never seen.
  • When the vision of God begins, Ezekiel sees four living creatures.
    • Once you get past the appearance of those colossal cherubim, we see God sitting on a throne.

Ezekiel 1:26-28 (ESV) And above the expanse over their heads there was the likeness of a throne, in appearance like sapphire; and seated above the likeness of a throne was a likeness with a human appearance. And upward from what had the appearance of his waist I saw as it were gleaming metal, like the appearance of fire enclosed all around. And downward from what had the appearance of his waist I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and there was brightness around him. Like the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud on the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness all around. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard the voice of one speaking.

I am thankful that God is incomprehensible because:

  • God is not limited like we are.
  • He has power, wisdom, and glory that we do not have.
  • His knowledge, power and understanding is infinite.
  • He is high above whatever we imagine Him to be.
  • He is of infinite greatness.
  • His infinite creations are far below what He is.
  • We do not have the capacity to see beyond the ends of His creation.
  • God is incomprehensible.

Yet, God has revealed Himself in such a way that we may know and experience His power, love, and glory.

I am thankful that God is self-existent.

John 5:26 (AMP) For even as the Father has life in Himself and is self-existent, so He has given to the Son to have life in Himself and be self-existent.

  • The Lord God is not the creation of thoughtful men.
  • He has no beginning or ending.
  • Before the beginning of time, God existed.
  • He was before the creation.

God is self-existent.

  • We want to discover the origin of things.
  • Ultimately, we have to confess that everything was made by Someone.

Yet, the One who created all things was created by no one.

What bearing does God’s self-existence have on us?

  • We are totally dependent on His existence.
    • Because God is self-existent, we can rely on Him for life, health, and strength.
    • Because God is self-existent, we can trust Him and believe.
    • He is not dependent on the circumstances or situations that we face.
    • He is greater than our trouble, trial or perplexity.
  • Because God is self-existent, we do not fear the loss of all of the things He sustains.
  • We have a Rock and Strong Tower to run to in our troubles.

I am thankful that God is self-sufficient.

Psalm 121:1–8 (NKJV) 1I will lift up my eyes to the hills—From whence comes my help? 2My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. 3He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. 4Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep. 5The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade at your right hand. 6The sun shall not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night. 7The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. 8The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in From this time forth, and even forevermore.

The concept of the all-sufficiency of God is incomprehensible.

  • God does not need or lack anything.
  • He is the source and sustainer of all life.
  • God does not change.
  • He holds His position by His own power.
    • Nothing is above Him.
    • Nothing is beyond Him.
    • No one can promote Him.
    • No one can degrade Him.

If we were all to become blind so that we could not see the sun, that would not keep the sun from shinning.

If everyone should become an atheist, it could not affect God in any way.

  • God needs no defenders.
  • God cannot be helped.
  • He needs no assistance.

Since God is self-sufficient, I know that He can supply all my need by His own riches in glory through Christ Jesus.

I am thankful that God is eternal.

Psalm 90:2 (NKJV) Before the mountains were brought forth, Or ever You had formed the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.

The concept of everlasting is difficult to understand.

  • We look at the eternal mountains and hills.
    • But there was a time when the mountains were not there.
  • Everlasting is beyond our ability to understand.
    • We can imagine a million years from now.
    • But, the eternal God has no boundaries.
  • We cannot put marks of time on the existence of God.
    • He never began to exist.
    • He is the uncreated God.
    • He is not affected by the changes of time.
    • God dwells in eternity but all time dwells in God.

I am thankful that God is eternal because I need help in my moment of time.

  • I need Someone who knows what my beginning and the ending will be.
  • I don’t have all of the answers for the perplexities of things that are coming.
  • I need Someone who can help me navigate life.

I am thankful that God is infinite.

Deuteronomy 7:21 (NKJV) For the Lord your God, the great and awesome God, is among you.

Psalm 139:7–8 (NKJV) 7Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? 8If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.

  • He is unlimited in all of His ways.
    • His power is unlimited.
    • His knowledge is unlimited.
    • He is infinite in His wisdom.
  • We are different than God.
    • Man’s knowledge grows exponentially.
    • Man’s knowledge is increasing.
  • God has remained constant.
    • He cannot increase above infinite.
  • God is infinite in all of His ways.
    • He is measureless, limitless, and boundless.

Since God is infinite, we turn to Him from our limited supply to find that He has no limits.

  • He is infinite in grace and mercy.
  • His love is measureless.
  • When I don’t have the strength, wisdom or resources, God is able to help me.

I am thankful that God is immutable.

When we say that God is immutable, we mean that God never changes.

James 1:17 (NKJV) Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

Hebrews 13:8 (NKJV) Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

He has never deviated from what He has been.

  • God can never have more mercy, grace, or love.
  • He cannot get better or worse.
  • He cannot improve or deteriorate and become weak.

The immutability of God helps us most because we are constantly changing.

  • Since God never changes, we have strong faith.

God never changes.

  • His mood never changes.
  • His love and affections never cool off.
  • He never loses enthusiasm.
  • Since God never changes, we have strong hope that His promise remains true.
  • Whatever He has said, He will do.

I am thankful that God is omniscient.

The knowledge of God is validated and confirmed by His vast creation.

Hebrews 4:13 (NKJV) And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.

  • Our God possesses perfect knowledge of the past, present and the future.
    • He has never learned or forgotten.
    • No one has instructed Him.
    • He has no teacher.
  • God instantly and effortlessly knows all His creations.
  • He knows all things perfectly.
  • He knows the beginning and the end of all things.
  • Since God is self-existent and self-contained, He knows what no creature can ever know.
    • He knows our frame and remembers that we are dust.
    • Since He knows our personal pain and affliction, He is able to personally and compassionately help us.
    • Whatever may happen, God knows and cares as no one else can.

He said, “Do not fear and be worried about what you shall eat, drink or have an anxious mind. Your Father knows what you need.” (Luke 12:27-32)

I am thankful that God is omnipotent.

God is able to do whatever is consistent with His own character and being.

Revelation 19:6 (NKJV) And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!”

The word ‘Almighty” only refers to the Lord our God.

  • Daily we face the weakness of our flesh.
  • We are confronted with the power of the enemy.
  • But, we are sustained by the Omnipotence of God.
  • God possesses an incomprehensible potency of power.
    • The Psalmist said: “Power belongs to God.”

As a result of His power, we can say: “Nothing is too hard for the Lord”

I am thankful that God is omnipresent.

Omnipresent means that God is everywhere present with His whole being, power, and knowledge at all times.

  • In Psalms 139, David asked the question about the unfettered presence of God.
    • He concluded that God is everywhere.
    • He is close to everything.
    • He is next to everyone.
  • This helps us to know that God is here in all of His being.
  • Right now, right here He is present.
    • Since God is infinite and knows no limits, there can be no limits to His presence.
    • There is no place beyond Him.
      • God is over all things.
      • God is under all things.
      • God is outside all things.
      • God is inside all things.
      • God is not to be excluded.
      • He is not above only.
      • He is wholly beneath and wholly above.
      • He is wholly within and wholly without.
    • He is always near us.
    • He is present in all parts of His world.
    • He is closer to us than our thoughts.

We should continue in our thankfulness for God.

  •  He is faithful.
  • He is good.
  • He is just.
  • He is gracious.
  • He is merciful.
  • He is love.
  • He is holy.
  • He is sovereign.
  • He is God.

Psalm 63:1–8 (NLT) 1O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. 2I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory. 3Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you! 4I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer. 5You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy. 6I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night. 7Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings. 8I cling to you; your strong right hand holds me securely.

Psalm 75:1 (NLT) 1We thank you, O God! We give thanks because you are near. People everywhere tell of your wonderful deeds.

Psalm 86:5 (NKJV) 5For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.

Psalm 86:12–13 (NKJV) 12I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, And I will glorify Your name forevermore. 13For great is Your mercy toward me, And You have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

Psalm 86:10 (NKJV) 10For You are great, and do wondrous things; You alone are God.

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