Elder’s Insights – November 22nd, 2016

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elders05Pastor John’s message this past Sunday was spot on. We GET to be thankful to the God of this universe; to the God of our salvation; to the God of the WINNIING team. (Go Spartans!) Sometimes I forget this important fact of Christian living. And it is indeed a FACT.

In my job as a state police officer, I tend to look at the “belly of the snake” too often and too long and forget about who’s in charge of this mess of humanity. I can easily forget about God’s grace and mercy that He extends to us all.

It’s easy to not be thankful when we ponder on the troubles of the day, the week, the year, and we can become overwhelmed and fall into patterns of negativity that are neither productive or, more importantly, do not help us worship the God that we GET to be thankful to.

Complaining is often our default response. Frequently the things that pour off our tongues to others can be complaints of things not going our way or how others have mistreated us. We are a “rights-oriented” culture, and if we don’t get what we think is rightfully ours, we storm off in anger or despair. We can slip on the sins of entitlement and discontentment, down the slope of anger, anxiety, and depression. It’s difficult for me to watch this attitude play out in our society. I have to remind myself that entitlement is the truth of our world, but not the truth of God’s Word.

We GET to worship God with thanksgiving. The scripture is full of His commands to do so:
Ps. 105:1 – “Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples!”
Ps. 107:8 – “Thank the Lord for His steadfast love, for His wondrous works to the children of man!”

An attitude of thanksgiving can transform our lives. Fill your mind with the truths of God’s word. Remember God’s goodness and faithfulness to you. Ask God to guard over your mouth. Instead of venting your frustrations from each day, look for reasons to rejoice. An attitude of gratitude is just as easily spread as a complaining spirit.

We cannot worship God without an attitude of thankfulness. God’s grace is evident around us. I just have to look for it. When I see people who act out, feel entitled, riot, dole out violent acts of injustice, and all kinds of evil, I just have to remember that God is the captain of the winning team and He is only holding back His final play for more people to come to a saving knowledge of Him. He loves us all that much and His grace is that long, and I’m thankful for it.

Elder Dave

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