Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. Ps100:4-5
A good set of Thanksgiving verses, don’t you think? Very easy to understand and believe. We go in thanking and praising God because He is good, steadfast, loving, and faithful.
That is, it’s very easy to understand and believe when all is going well. But when life is not going so well, we sometimes start to question His goodness, love, and faithfulness, and it can be about as small a thing as not having the weather the way we want it.
Matthew Henry, the famous Bible commentator of the late 1600s, showed a thankful spirit. After he was robbed, he wrote in his diary;
“Let me be thankful first because I was never robbed before; second, because although they took my wallet they did not take my life; third, because although they took my all, it was not much; and fourth, because it was I who was robbed, not I who robbed.”
He also is quoted as saying, “Thanksgiving is good but thanks-living is better.”
Maybe I’ll spend this thanksgiving season trying to learn from Matthew Henry.