Isa. 54:10 (GN) “The mountains and hills may crumble but My love for you will never end, so says the Lord who loves you.”
For us to live a life of gratitude where we are able to genuinely and consistently say “thank You Lord”, we must experience three dimensions of freedom – Jesus Christ must set us free from the pain of the past, Jesus Christ must give us freedom from the pressures of today and thirdly, we must experience Freedom From The Pessimism Of Tomorrow. A lot of people have become pessimistic about the future. People have lost faith and say all kind of things because there is no faith in the government anymore, regardless of the country. People are beginning to see people for who they really are, and this is creating a lot of skepticism.
When you face the future with pessimism, it chokes gratitude. When you are not optimistic, not excited, but are filled with pessimism and skepticism, and you have no hope about your future, it is difficult to lie down on your bed at night, face the next day and say, “thank You Lord” consistently and genuinely. The good news is that Jesus wants to heal that. People are discouraged and pessimistic about personal issues when they face things they feel should change and it has not changed. It could be another person, perhaps a spouse, that you wish could have changed by now, but the person has not changed so you become pessimistic.
Sometimes it is a child that is on a downward spiral, disobedient and joining gangs. It seems like no matter what you do, the child just keeps getting worse. I want you to know that God is able to rescue that child. I know God is able because I was one of such and my family never gave up on me. You cannot afford to give up on that child. When we allow pessimism to cloud our lives, we become disillusioned about tomorrow. When we are disillusioned, we cannot really be grateful. You cannot lie down on that bed and really say “thank You Lord!” The truth is we very often try in the flesh to accomplish what can only be achieved in the spirit. Do not get me wrong, there is a place for effort but there are certain things that can only be delivered by the Spirit.
Some say that even the Bible says that “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick…”. I know that, but I have good news for you; there is a Balm in Gilead that can heal the sick heart. Allow God to heal your heart because it is an uphill task for a sick heart, a weary heart to over flow with gratitude. You may not know what tomorrow holds but you know who holds and owns tomorrow.
Prayer [hymn]: Perfect submission, all is at rest. I in my Savior am happy and blessed. Watching and waiting, looking above. Filled with His goodness, lost in His love. This is my story… Amen!