Today, millions of God’s children will gather around tables to give thanks for many things. However, there is one thing we might never think to thank God for. When I tell you what it is, you may find it hard to believe you should be thankful. Especially since the times are dark, evil, angry, and dangerous. And, these are the most terrible days of attack ever on marriage, families, churches, and society as a whole. Nevertheless…
Today, we should thank God for the honor of living in these times.
First, it is an honor because of what you will see God do. These are times God will do special things, through special people. He gives grace that is not available in “normal” times. He grants extraordinary power, wisdom and courage.
A life of knowing God and serving God is available to you that was not available in other times. Daniel 11: 32 “Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.”
Next, it is in the darkest times that the greatest Glory rises. Isaiah 60: “And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. 2 For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
And deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. 3 The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising.”
Then, there is the unspeakable honor of suffering shame for Christ. Acts 5: 41 says, “So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.”
Jesus said, in Matthew 5:11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
Jesus will declare your heroism to the Father before the entire host of heaven. For endless ages, you will be able to tell the story of how God’s grace held you through impossible circumstances.
You were born for this time. It is not punishment, it is not an accident, it is an honor. There is a design in the timing of your life. We all yearn for the simpler times—but the rewards are greater—much greater, in our time.
All the Saints who have gone before us would give almost anything to be in our shoes. Jesus said, “Luke 10: 24 for I tell you that many prophets and kings have desired to see what you see, and have not seen it, and to hear what you hear, and have not heard it.” – Luke 10: 24. Today, thank God for the honor of living in these times.
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