It Is Good to Be Thankful: Appreciation makes the world a better place…
I must admit that I sometimes try to shrink God to my size. I think my problems are too insignificant for Him to be concerned with or I think they are too overwhelming for Him to solve. I am thankful that God’s size and magnitude are not dependent on what I think. God is BIG! He is so much bigger than we can imagine.
Author, teacher, and preacher Francis Chan marveled, “Isn’t it a comfort to worship a God we cannot exaggerate?” Yes, it is a great comfort to me! I’m reminded of a song I heard on one of the Gaither programs, “God Is Bigger Than Any Mountain.” God is bigger than all my problems, fears, hang-ups, confusion, trials, roadblocks, sickness, adversities, grief, sorrows, failures, and weaknesses. He is just really, really BIG and I forget that.
And thankfully we can always count on Him to love us regardless of our insecurities. We can give all our cares and worries to Him, because He, indeed, cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). We can ask Him for peace as He works out our situation.
Sometimes instead of approaching God with the magnitude of my problem, I come before Him acknowledging His might and power. The Bible speaks of magnifying the Lord (Psalm 34:3; Psalm 35:27). The word magnify in scripture can mean to extol, laud, and praise. We don’t need to magnify God to make Him look bigger like we do with the fine print on directions they give us nowadays. God is already BIG. We just need to see it! After all, He did create the universe. That’s pretty big stuff! Praising God for who He is, what He has already done for us, and what He will do in the future helps us focus on His greatness.
Psalm 69:30 (KJV) says, “I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving.” Being thankful is one way our eyes are opened so we can see just how BIG our God is!
“It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord...” ~ Psalms 92:1 (KJV)