Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. (Ps. 118:1)
The concept of forever is what finally convinced me to be baptized. My youth pastor spoke a message on how short our time on earth is compared to our time in heaven. Something just clicked for me; the only way I wanted to spend eternity was with God.
I don’t think it is possible to comprehend fully the concept of eternity. God is so much greater than anything any human has ever come to understand. Not only that, but everything God does is good because he is, by his divine nature, good. Psalm 118, in its entirety, says “his love endures forever” five times. He always protects. He always trusts. He always hopes. He always perseveres. He never fails. In life, we don’t have many absolutes; most things are suspended in a delicate balance. But, God is absolute in everything he is. He is the one who was, and is, and is to come.
Yet, when trials come our way, do we fret and worry? Do we believe completely in God’s plan for our lives? Do we trust in God’s provision and strength? It oftentimes feels like the questions outweigh the answers. But, I do know one thing: we worship a God bigger than every trial, a God who provides abounding love in every situation. Our only response can be thanksgiving, in the good and bad times.
List some things for which you are thankful.
Ethan Zent is from Fort Wayne, Indiana. He’s studying worship leading and pursuing Wesleyan ordination at Kingswood University.
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