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Thanking Goodness when we should be Thanking God

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“Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever (Psalm 136:26).”

There is this incessant gratitude spoken by humanity when things go as planned, or right according their own thinking or expectations. Many people will use the phrase, “Thank Goodness”, whenever something occurs to satisfy them in this particular way. Somehow the thanking of goodness is the immediate response by most. What does this mean to thank “goodness”? Who is goodness? Is this a person, place or thing? Why are we so inclined to thank goodness when we are thankful?

During times of great happiness, or being protected by something terrible, or unexpected, our initial reaction is to give thanks, most of the time. Instead of thanking the One who is truly responsible for all things good and decent, we rather thank goodness, an empty implication of thought. “Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 5:20).”

Remember beloved, that it is due to God that things work out or goes according to the way it is supposed to occur. Whenever you are pleasantly surprised by something good and decent, do not simply thank goodness, for that surprise. Take that moment to glorify God. Use that instant in time to thank our Lord Jesus for helping you. It is only because of God that a things work out the way we want.

In times of fear, trouble, and torment, you turn to God. Therefore, you must then turn back to Him once things go well or better than expected. Do not allow God’s blessings to go unnoticed. You must thank our Lord for all He does for you. Do not allow yourself to forget that all is under His care. Everything that happens is due to God.

Fellow brethren ensure that you “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thessalonians 5:18)”. Do not turn your backs on our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ by thanking goodness instead of Him! Make ample efforts to thank the Lord constantly. Our Lord loves us all so much. Why not show Him how much you love Him too?

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