“Count your curses,
Count them one by one…
Count your many curses,
See what evil has done.”
Don’t click the exit button. I’m obviously aiming at sarcasm to get your attention. And mine.
I don’t know why I go through seasons of negativity, but I do. And nothing is more convicting than the myriad of Thanksgiving quotes, prayers & messages that light up my social media news feeds.
It’s actually kind of like spiritual whiplash. One month I’m reading about the latest ministry split or controversy, what that pastor did or didn’t do, how evil things in the world are causing it to spin off its very axis…then bam, Thanksgiving week hits and all of a sudden I’m supposed to give thanks with a grateful heart and get along and never ever complain. About anything. Because then I wouldn’t be giving thanks in all circumstances.
Wait, I guess that sounds a bit negative.
Seriously, though, it’s incredibly humbling if you think about it. I’m grateful we celebrate Thanksgiving every year and that those reminders exist to flip my gaze. But why is it so easy for me…for us…to get sidetracked in the first place?
I want to wake up every single day with thankfulness dripping from my tongue, genuinely overflowing from my heart and mind. Because God is good. Because He never changes. Because He loves me. Because the Lord is just and righteous and merciful and kind. Because He saved me.
“Oh, what joy for those
whose disobedience is forgiven,
whose sins are put out of sight.
Yes, what joy for those
whose record the Lord has cleared of sin.”
Romans 4:7-8, Psalm 32:1-2a, NLT
“What joy…” The NIV says, “Blessed are they.”
Oh believers, we are forgiven. Our sins are tossed way WAY far away. The Lord has cleared our records!!!
It’s my post-Thanksgiving math assignment. To count my blessings, to count my joys, no matter how much evil tries to stack up against them. And I can find no greater place to start than what the Lord did on the cross.
That doesn’t mean that we can’t air our grumblings before God. He says we can approach Him with confidence about every burden we face (1 Peter 5:7, Eph. 3:12, Heb. 4:16) . It means that at the end of the day, He can enable those of us with open and willing hearts to see our complaints and sufferings through the light of the cross of Christ, the One who daily bears my burdens and exclaims, “Nothing is too difficult for Me!”
Let’s do the math together, my friends.
“Count our blessings,
Count them one by one.
Count our many blessings,
See what God has done.”
***”Count Your Blessings” Hymn: Words: Johnson Oatman, Jr., in Songs for Young People, by Edwin Excell (Chicago, Illinois: 1897).
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