When the Apostle Paul’s ship was about to run aground, he encouraged all who were with him, saying, no one would perish. Soon after, he broke bread with them on the ship and gave thanks to God, for God was the one who would protect them in their time of distress.
“‘Therefore I urge you to take some food. For it will give you strength, for not a hair is to perish from the head of any of you.’ And when he had said these things, he took bread, and giving thanks to God in the presence of all he broke it and began to eat.”
God’s ways are not our ways; it is not within our nature to give thanks to God. We have a natural enmity toward Him. Yet, because of His Son Jesus’ sacrifice, an act that reconciled us to our Father, now we have a heavenly desire to please Him.
Blessed be God the Father for having given us the longing to do good through the power of His Spirit. By the Holy Spirit, we have encouragement to seek His will and live a life reflective of His own nature, which is pure in character and abundant in charity.
How great is our God to have poured into us His Spirit so that we may enjoy the fruit of His mercy. His grace abounds, His love for us never grows cold and His shield is an everlasting shield. Give thanks to God.