by Dorette Saunders
The longer we live, the more we realize that nothing is constant. Not love, friendship, or marriage. Not cherished beliefs nor tightly-held traditions. In the ebb and flow of life things change, although quite often they do so in unexpected ways. Yet, we can be assured that there is one constant. One foundational truth. God is.
As human beings, we are always rushing to fill silence. To bring voice to spaces that need no words. And so, we attempt to fill in the blanks.
God is good… God is love… God is faithful…God is merciful…
Those are all attributes of God, but God is more than that. As the Creator and sustainer of all life—this life and the life to come—our infinite God is everything we could ever hope for and more.
We are taught in the Scriptures about Jesus, God’s Son, who is called The Word. We are told:
“The Word became
a human being
and lived here with us.
We saw his true glory,
the glory of the only Son
of the Father.
From him the complete gifts
of undeserved grace and truth
have come down to us.”
(John 1:15, CEV)
How very rich we are, having been given “undeserved grace and truth”!
The apostle Paul explains the importance of these gifts.
“His glorious power will make you patient and strong enough to endure anything, and you will be truly happy” (Colossians 1:11, CEV).
And Paul indicates what our response should be:
“I pray that you will be grateful to God for letting you have part in what he has promised his people in the kingdom of light. God rescued us from the dark power of Satan and brought us into the kingdom of his dear Son, who forgives our sins and sets us free” (vv.12-14).
Oh that we would be grateful to God for Jesus who is “superior to all creation” (v.15) and who is “the head of his body, which is the church” (v.18).
In this season of Thanksgiving, let’s pause in the light of who God is. After all, God has given us all we need to live godly lives (2 Peter 1:3). Let’s be thankful that God is trustworthy and dependable. “He is always the same and never makes dark shadows by changing” (James 1:17, CEV). God is.
PRAYER: God, we can rejoice that you exist. And that we know you. You are bigger than our thoughts, our accomplishments, our dreams. Remind us, when we forget, that all we have comes from you, and the generosity of your Son, Christ Jesus. Give us hearts made tender by your love. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.