The aroma of chicken pot pie permeates throughout my house. Wide open windows welcome the coolness of air. Autumn is well underway, with pumpkin spice and baked apples accompanying the season. It’s a season of bounty, and a season to be thankful.
What will you be thankful for this year? Gathering around big family tables, the most obvious blessings are easily seen. Family. Provisions. Health.
But what about hardship?
God’s mercies are abundant in all aspects of life, yes, even in hardship.
“Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”
Psalm 106:1, NIV
God’s goodness alone gives us a reason to praise him, even during difficult times in our life. Unfortunately, we may overlook these periods of our life, merely surviving them, not wanting to think more about them. But what if we asked God to change the way we see them this Thanksgiving? Then, maybe we would begin to see his mercies, wrapped up in the complicated mess of every struggle.
Because remember: God is good, and his mercies are abundant.
If we are a people who believe this truth, then we will seek to discover his goodness in all aspects of our life.
The study this week will be different from most weeks. For Thanksgiving week, we will be focusing our time on praising God. The reading guide will provide questions to direct your study. Click here to download the reading guide. Let’s begin by reading Monday’s verse.
“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Psalm 18:2, NIV
As you read this verse, consider the following questions:
1) What does this verse reveal about God’s character?
2) What do you want to praise God for?
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