Most of us have had calls from ‘friends’ who buy generic cialis 20mg phone unexpectedly, and start the conversation very chatty and interested, only to admit that really they want something from us. Once we’ve provided that something (or explained that we can’t), we don’t hear from them again – until the next time they want something from us. We could call them ‘foul weather friends’.Today is Thanksgiving Sunday; and I want to encourage each of us to make a conscious effort to be a true friend of God, not a foul weather friend. Let’s look back and take stock. Let’s thank God and praise him for his goodness to us. Colossians 2:6-7 says: “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”
Psalm 107 is a stock-taking Psalm. It urges God’s people – that’s us! – to tell our story, the story of how God has dealt with us. Some people were homeless, hungry and thirsty, and he gave them a safe place to live, with plenty to eat and drink. Some were trapped in dark places, and he set them free. Some made stupid decisions with disastrous consequences, and he rescued them. And so on.
Sometimes, the hard places people get into are their own fault. Occasionally – rarely – they are God’s response to our sin. Sometimes they just happen because the world is a broken place. We can match several of these descriptions to events that are recorded in the Bible – but they are universal enough that we can say, that happened to me, too. I was trapped in a dark place, I begged God for help – and help came.
It’s easy to overlook God’s daily generosity. It’s easy to forget that we prayed for his help. Let’s become people who recognise God’s goodness in the provision he makes for us, in the status we have as his forgiven people, and in the events of our everyday life, and let’s be known as people who overflow with thankfulness as we tell the story of his love for us.