As I stood on the deck and watched the sunset, I couldn’t help but have a feeling of thankfulness.
Psalm 100:4-5 reads, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”
Most of us don’t spend much time thinking of all we have for which to be thankful. Yet the Psalmist states we are to enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise. I believe this means if we want to come into God’s presence, we must do it willfully and joyfully.
This can be just as difficult as it sounds because we live in a most difficult time. Everything is built for convenience, yet with all this convenience at our finger tips, never have we had less time for our family, spouses and, ultimately, God. The entire globe is within reach — and along with it, unlimited information. The problem, as I see it? Maybe we have too much information, too many choices.
We must ask ourselves if we are spending too much time on things that add little or no value to our lives. What really adds value to your life and mine? What has added the most value to my life is the personal relationship I have with Jesus. If we build a relationship with Jesus Christ, we will learn of God’s goodness and dependability. In Psalm 100:5, we hear that “God is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”
To build a relationship, it takes time and effort. Building a relationship with God is no different. We need to study his word. We need to spend time in prayer. This might sound foreign or difficult, but as believers of Jesus Christ, we each have within us the Holy Spirit, who knows the mind of God and will communicate to our spirit the truth God wants us to understand. God does not limit our understanding. We limit ourselves by our failure to pursue our relationship. If we do not study the word of God and pray, the work of the Spirit will be diminished in our lives.
That feeling of thankfulness I had as I watched the sunset was not for the beauty of the sunset, but it was for the God who provided it. May this Thanksgiving Day be one where we begin to understand that He is a good God, a loving God and a faithful God. Then we can be truly thankful.
David Bilderback is a Greeley resident.