With all that has gone on during the pregnancy, birth, and burial of our twin daughters I thought I would really have to try hard to do what 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says:
"...give thanks in all circumstances;for this is the will of God
in Christ Jesus for you."But this has been a time of much thankfulness,..at many times overwhelming thankfulness at how God has provided for us, comforted us, refined us, encouraged us, humbled us, loved us, ect... especially in these hard times.
I could leave this blog entry at that and just say, "THANK YOU!" to everyone, but I don't want to make it sound simply esoteric and mystical how God has provided all that He has provided for us (though it is no doubt supernatural). I don't want to confuse anyone by simply saying (as we have said much on this blog) that "God is sovereign" and think we expect things to just fall into our laps from God because He is all powerful and good. So let me start by saying God ordains the means as well as the end.
He ordains the end. (for more on this read my previous blog entry on God's sovereignty)
But how does He do this specifically? I'll just use food for this example.
For the majority of us God has given us the ability to work as a means to provide. He gave us the skill of our hands, he gave us the animals and the vegetation, He created the world and everything in it! He did not just create all this one day to work itself out, but He is intimately involved in His creation. Involved in holding it all together and even involved in the small details like causing the grass to grow:
and plants for man to cultivate,that he may bring forth food from the earth"
- Psalm 104:14
He prepares rain for the earth;He makes grass grow on the hills."
- Psalm 147:8
in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible,whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—
all things were created through Him and for Him.And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.".
- Colossians 1:17-18
See God has promised to comfort His people, and the means that He used was you all! Wow, simply amazing how God uses everyday normal people for His task. So that is why I thank God for you and just want to say to all of you...
Thank you! (Please read specific Thank You's here)