We’ve all faced fears at times. When there’s fear, we aren’t abounding with thanksgiving.
Colossians 2:6-7 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
Proverbs (3:25) says “Be not afraid of sudden fear…” Fear is from the devil, but God says fear not. In these times we have something to share with our neighbors. In the word of God we have promises that he will help us through times like this.
Psalm 112:7 He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.
Through it all we can abound in thanksgiving. Count your blessings. We have a lot to be thankful for! The word God Lord tried Joseph when he was in prison (Psalm 105:18-19). He didn’t quit trusting God.
I want to thank you for what you have already done. I am not going to wait until I see results or receive rewards; I am thanking you right now. Why? Because God said, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
I am not going to wait until I feel better or things look better; I am thanking you right now. Rejoice in the Lord always.
I am not going to wait until people say they are sorry or until they stop talking about me; I am thanking you right now. Why? Because God said, let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and evil speaking be put away from you with all malice. And be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. Saints, let’s show love to one another.
I am not going to wait until the pain in my body disappears; I am thanking you right now. Heal me o Lord and I shall be healed. I am not going to wait until my ﬁnancial situation improves; I am going to thank you right now. My God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
I am not going to wait until the children are asleep and the house is quiet; I am going to thank you right now. Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good, for His mercy endureth forever! Saints, keep rejoicing!
I am not going to wait until I get promoted at work or until I get the job; I am going to thank you right now. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God that He may exalt you in due time.
I am not going to wait until I understand every experience in my life that has caused me pain or grief; I am thanking you right now. Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you. But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s suffering; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
I am not going to wait until the journey gets easier or the challenges are removed; I am thanking you right now. Blessed is the man that endureth temptation, for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
Lord, I am thanking you because I am alive! I am thanking you because, with your help, I made it through the day’s difficulties. I am thanking you because you carried me over the obstacles. I am thanking you because I have the ability and the opportunity to do more and do better. I’m thanking you because of your love. Because, Father, you didn’t give up on me. Lord, thank you for not giving up on us! (Author Unknown)
Nebuchadnezzar recognized God and saw his greatness when Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out of the fiery furnace (Daniel 3:28-29), but he didn’t serve him. God was trying to get his attention.
Daniel 4:1-3 Nebuchadnezzar the king, unto all people…in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you. I thought it good to shew the signs and wonders that the high God hath wrought toward me. How great are his signs! and how mighty are his wonders! his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from generation to generation.
The grace if God has appeared to all men, and God is trying to get the attention of people today through the virus. Nebuchadnezzar believed what God had spoken to Daniel but didn’t obey it. God gives counsel that he wants people to repent and change their lives. He gives people a space of time to repent, like he gave Nebuchadnezzar a year.
Daniel 4:24-27 This is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree of the most High, which is come upon my lord the king: That they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will. And whereas they commanded to leave the stump of the tree roots; thy kingdom shall be sure…after that thou shalt have known that the heavens do rule. Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable…and break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by shewing mercy to the poor; if it may be a lengthening of thy tranquillity.
Nebuchadnezzar learned by going through something very hard for seven years, then he praised and thanked God.
Daniel 4:33-37 The same hour was the thing fulfilled…and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles’ feathers…nails like birds’ claws. And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him…whose dominion is an everlasting dominion…And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will…none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou? At the same time my reason returned…for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour…my counsellors and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me. Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth…and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.
When Jehoshaphat saw the enemy, he feared and set himself to seek God through prayer and fasting.
II Chronicles 20:1-4 It came to pass after this also, that…Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle. Then there came some…saying, There cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea on this side Syria…Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. And Judah gathered…to ask help of the Lord…all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord.
Jehoshaphat reminded God of his promises when he prayed and told God he didn’t know what to do.
II Chronicles 20:5-13 And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation…in the house of the Lord, before the new court, And said, O Lord God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee? Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land…and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever? And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying, If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help. And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whom thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and destroyed them not; Behold…how they reward us…to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit. O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company…neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee. And all Judah stood before the Lord, with…their wives, and their children.
God wants us to stand still and let him fight our battle. He wants thanksgiving and praise from us. The prophet Jahaziel told them what to do and they believed, so their fear was gone. The Kohathites, the choir, sang praise to God. All the army did was sing and praise God. God fought the battle and the enemy destroyed each other.
II Chronicles 20:15-19…Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s. To morrow go ye down against them…Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you…fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you. And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and…Jerusalem fell before the Lord, worshipping the Lord. And…the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with a loud voice on high.
(Notes from the Mature Class Bible Study, teacher Edith Tolbert)