Towards Thanksgiving

I gave a devotion this week at Community Bible Study. Several folks have spoken to me about it, so I thought I'd post the outline/major points. Here they are: 1. Lack of thankfulness is a foundational sin, beneath other sins. (Rom 1:18-25). Therefore, thanksgiving should be cultivated, practiced. You can grow in this area if it is not your disposition. 2. Paul says that we are to give thanks in all circumstances. (1st Thess 5:16-17) Some sets of circumstances are obviously more challenging than others. 3. If it is a sinful temptation to make good things ultimate, and God's judgment is seen in giving some over to their desires (Romans 1:18-25), then we can be thankful to God when he has either taken what we loved or not given what we wanted. He is protecting us. 4. Romans 8:32---All the wrath of the Father was laid on the Son for us. Nothing that comes to the believer is from a disposition of wrath--the Son bore all of that wrath. All we face is under the loving hand of our Father, to bless us and grow us. Therefore, we can be thankful to God in the midst of bad situations, even those wherein we may have been wronged. We don't have to be thankful for bad things, but can be thankful to God and for Christ and the work of the Spirit in our lives. God is for us, not against us. He is working lovingly for our good in all things, so we can be thankful in all things.