“Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.” Deut. 6:4-5 NLT
Yesterday, as my family and I watched the Super Bowl, I was struck by a thought: for what do I give thanks?
It went this way. As we watched the game, Hudson, my six year old grandson, came from the kitchen with a full unopened box of Oreos. “Dad, can I have some of these?” he asked. “Not yet,” my son answered, “you need to eat a sandwich first.” In other words, my son - his dad- said, “No.” The look on Hudson’s face reminded me of the feeling in my heart when my heavenly Father has said – “No.”
Last Sunday, Brother Skip shared a verse from 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Most of us give thanks for our families, friends, health and especially our salvation. But how many of us give thanks for God’s “no”?
My son said “no.” It was not out of a spirit of anger or unkindness, or of a desire to withhold blessing but out of an attitude of love and knowledge. He loved his son and knew that a belly full of Oreos would not be good in the long run.
God’s “no’s” are also out of knowledge and love. Only God knows the things that ultimately bless and the things that hurt. His love for His children will not allow Him to betray His nature even if it means that His children will not understand. “In all things give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus.” (By the way – Hudson got his Oreos later.)