As I’ve been preparing for Thanksgiving this week, I’ve been reflecting on the past year, and I’m reminded of God’s faithfulness over and over again.
He’s been faithful on good days, bad days, and hard days. Through every season, I see His hand.
One of my favorite verses is Philippians 3:10: I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.
There’s a word in there I don’t like….suffering. No one wants to suffer, and yet it’s in the valley that, many times, our vision becomes clearer.
Tim Keller writes in his book Walking with God through Pain and Suffering, One great theme of the Bible is how God brings joy not just despite suffering but through it.
I love that he says through it, we don’t set up a tent and stay there; we go through it. Our suffering will end.
Genesis 50:20 says, You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good.
Those two words…BUT GOD. As I reflect on the suffering in my life, I can see the good that has come from it. I didn’t like suffering, and some of it I wish hadn’t happened, but I know God has a plan, and I know He’s faithful.
As we begin this week of Thanksgiving, let’s be thankful for God’s faithfulness and count our blessings.
Happy Thanksgiving, friends!
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