Reverend Mary Ann Robinson
Pastor, Scott United Methodist Church, Port Allen
It would be great if we treated all blessings as opportunities to brag on God. Bragging on God are opportunities to share the good news about God’s unfailing love, God’s goodness, God’s faithfulness, God’s mercy, and His grace. When we witness to others, we give hope to the lost and encouragement to our sisters and brothers in Christ.
We often pray for family, friends, and ourselves during very difficult situations. Sometimes God moves on our behalf quickly and sometimes not so quickly. But when the blessing comes, when the relief comes, when the healing comes, when the job comes, when we get that promotion, when we are able to get that new car or buy that new home, when we are able to pay our bills on time and have a little extra cash, sometimes we get caught up in our blessings and forget about God the BLESSER. Many of us are still learning that thankfulness is a conscious response that comes from looking beyond our blessings to the source of our blessings. We should always remember to be thankful to God for all of our blessings, and never neglect to honor Him with our praise.
In 1st Thessalonians 5:18, the Apostle Paul encourages the church to “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (NLT) When we are waiting on our breakthrough, we can still praise God. By faith, we can let others know that whatever we are going through, in the name of Jesus we already have the victory.
Philippians 4:6-7 strongly suggests to us: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (NLT)
No matter what is going on in our lives, we can still be thankful. During our mountaintop and valley experiences, we are still being kept by the grace of God. God loves us during our darkest and brightest times. Psalm 105:1-2 tells us to: “Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done. 2) Sing to him; yes, sing his praises.” Today, let us start bragging to everyone about the greatness of our God.