“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For his mercy endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy.” — Psalms 107:1-2
Think over this observation on human nature: “A man’s discontent is due not to what he has or lacks, but to what he sees others enjoying, while he goes without.” Is that not true, at least, very often?
Against that envy which destroys inner peace, there is no sure defense except a spirit of thanksgiving to God. If we have gratitude for what we have, and think of that, we will overcome discontent.
This discontent that I am writing about has driven us, in these days, to the brink of disaster in our nation. The crisis we face in our society germinated and had its birth in our hearts. Only in turning back to God and becoming thankful from the heart will this “crisis of emptiness” ever be turned around.
The Swiss theologian, Emil Brunner, spoke of the vitlal, life-stustaining nature of thankfulness. He writes,
“So long as there is air in the lungs, we do not sink. So long as we cherish thankfulness to God in our hearts, the heavy load will not bear us down. So, let us be careful to see that air remains in our lungs and gratitude does not melt away.”
In these dark days, breath in His goodness; exhale your thankfulness; live, live live!