This week we will be celebrating Thanksgiving. But it will be a different kind of Thanksgiving as we are being encouraged not to gather in large groups. Many family gatherings are being cancelled altogether. 2020 has brought sorrow and tragedy to many families all over the world that might cause one to wonder what they have to be thankful for this year. Remaining thankful during difficult and challenging times is often difficult. God does not promise there will never be hard times, but He does promise that He will get us through them. Though you may not always be walking on the water, He promises that you will never drown. When you feel the heat of the flames surrounding you, He promises you will never be burned. We can be thankful that we are His. He is like that mother and father eagle that gently nestles their body over their young to shelter them with their wings and cover them with their feathers. Storms will come, but God is our shelter through them. Be thankful to God not just in the good times, but in those hard times as well. He will never leave you!
1 But now, O Jacob, listen to the LORD who created you. O Israel, the one who formed you says, “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. 2 When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. Isaiah 43:1-2 (NLT)
10 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10 (NLT)
4 He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Psalm 91:4 (NLT)
6 Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 (NKJV)