Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
— James 1:17, CSB
Have any of us duly considered how much we have to be thankful for? Do we remember that the mercies of the Lord are new every morning, and that his faithfulness faileth not? Do we acknowledge our dependence upon him, and express gratitude for all his favors? On the contrary, we too often forget that “every good and perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights.”
Meditate on the beneficence of God, dear reader; you will find it most profitable to recount your blessings. Let the language of your heart be, “God has been very good to me. He delights in mercy; therefore I may trust in him. His love, his patience, his long-suffering, have followed me all the days of my life. I will believe and watch and pray; and unworthy and helpless as I am, exposed to disappointment and sorrow, and the temptations of a wily foe whom I cannot resist in my own strength, Jesus will be my helper, and will fight my battles for me. He loves me. He has given the fullest evidence of his love in dying for me. He will withhold no real blessing.”
What a theme for meditation is the sacrifice that Jesus made for lost sinners! “He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes we are healed.”… In our present state, favored and blessed as we are, we cannot realize from what depths we have been rescued. We cannot measure how much deeper our afflictions would have been, how much greater our woes, had not Jesus encircled us with his human arm of sympathy and love, and lifted us up.
We do not pray any too much, but we are too sparing of giving thanks. If the loving-kindness of God called forth from our hearts more thanksgiving and praise, we should have far more power in prayer. We should abound more and more in the love of God, and have more bestowed to praise him for. You who complain that God does not hear your prayers, change the present order, and mingle praise with your petitions. When you consider his goodness and mercies, you will find that he will consider your wants.
— Bible Echo and Signs of the Times, January 1, 1888
My dear Lord, when I consider how much I have to be thankful for, my heart cannot contain my gratitude for Your faithfulness. You sacrificed so much for me, I will gladly put my trust in You. You are my helper, You are always there to fight my battles for me against the wiley foe. Your mercies are new every morning. I praise You for encircling me with Your arm of sympathy and love to lift me up!