Friday, March 12, 2010

Thank You Lord Jesus

On Wednesday evening, my daughter Sara was playing in the backyard. She decided to go down the slide w/ a metal pole in her hand. The pole hit her one inch below her right eye. We took her to the doctor. Her eye is fine. Thank God!!! (I’m not just saying this as a throwaway cliché.)

I have seen many of these “near misses” in the lives of my children and in my life. These make me mindful of the “common grace” which God grants to all humankind. Though we live in a fallen world, God continually expresses His love for the world through His providence. Colossians 1:16-17 reminds us that Lord Jesus Christ made it all and keeps it all: “… all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Wow! In this life I’ll never know all that God does for me. To my shame, I go through most days taking this for granted. I grumble when things don’t go my way, but rarely praise Him when things go well.

And how much more should we as believers praise Him! For we have been given much more than “common grace”. We have been given “such a great salvation” (Hebrews 2:3)!!! A friend of mine in college gave this word of testimony while his family was in turmoil: "If all that God ever gave me in my life was salvation, and He never did anything else for me, that would enough to praise Him for forever." Right on.

This brings to mind a song we sing at church, “Thank You” …
“For all that You’ve done I will thank You
For all that You’re going to do
For all that You’ve promised and all that You are
And all that You’ve carried me through
Jesus I thank You
And I thank You, thank You, Lord!
And I thank You, thank You, Lord!
Thank You for loving and setting me free
Thank You for giving Your life just for me
How I thank You, Jesus I thank You
I gratefully thank You, and I thank You”

1 comment:

Tim B. said...

Greg, thank you for this beautiful reminder. Wow, I have to say I got chills when I read your college friend's quote! To think that the only reason everything does not simply dissolve into nothingness is because God is holding it all together is overwhelming.