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Thank God He is Forever

November 27, 2017

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shatter’d visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamp’d on these lifeless things,
The hand that mock’d them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains: round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
– Percy Shelley

All the works of men will be destroyed. The greatest that has been accomplished on this earth will be wiped away. All that man values will be destroyed. Only the work of God is eternal. We give thanks because God is eternal. Psalm 9:7 says, “But the Lord will endure forever.” In the previous verse David described the destruction of the wicked. They may rage today and they may destroy others, but, like the fictional Ozymandias, their own destruction is coming. The wicked will come to an end. God will reign forever. Though the world is filled with troubles, though wicked men get worse and worse, they are temporary! Give thanks for the eternal God rules forever. His justice is eternal, His righteousness is unending and His mercy endures forever.

Give thanks. You are not god. He is, and He is glorious in His justice, His judgment and His eternality. By giving thanks men acknowledge God is God and we are but men. Do not men need to be reminded they are but men? Only a few in each generation really believe they are gods. The real problem is that men often forget they are but men. How often does a person remember he is a creature, dependent on others, dependent on forces far outside his control and dependent upon God. Thankfulness to God declares that what man has is given to him by One greater. Thankfulness to God acknowledges that man is not sufficient to supply his own needs. Thankfulness is a reminder that we are just humans.

Thankfulness acknowledges that God is the author of life. Thankfulness remembers that every thing necessary and every blessing unnecessary comes from God. Thankfulness confesses that, “every good gift and every perfect gift cometh from above” (James 1:17) but thankfulness confesses more than that. Thankfulness declares that “by Him all things consist.” (Colossians 1:17) Thankfulness remembers that it is in God, “we live and move and have our being.” (Acts 17:28) In God’s hand, “is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.” (Job 12:10) In giving thanks man remembers that God is God and we are not. Give thanks to God. Give thanks to God for who He is. Give thanks to God no matter what is happening in the world around us.


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