On this Thanksgiving Day 2020, could it be that our Covid situation is meant to show us…
What C.S. Lewis meant in the 1950s when he said that pain, suffering, struggle was “God’s megaphone to rouse a deaf world?”
What Spurgeon meant in the 1800s when we he invited us to “kiss the wave that throws us against the Rock of Ages?”
What Piper meant in 2005 when he said we actually face a “tsunami of death” in the millions of us who die every day in every year, decade and century, but we have just become sadly unaffected by this longstanding judgment of God?
What the Lord meant for all humanity to understand since The Garden, that without a saving relationship with Christ, we all face death, now, and eternal death, complete separation from Him – “For when you eat of it, you shall surely die.”
What our rightly jealous God will do to make us grow in Him by savoring delight in who He is above all earthly delights and to praise Him in all those delights – even our accustomed extended family gatherings, our usual entertainments, our freedom of activity, and our delicious food.
What our gracious loving God means when he beckons us to turn back, to run to his arms, to surrender our self-sufficient human pride, to reject our constant dissatisfaction, to confess our foolish and disobedient tendency to “do what is right in our own eyes” instead of surrendering to the goodness of His commanded way finding the truest thankfulness of redemption?
“For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and lovingkindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” Titus 3:3-7
What step of thankful response will you and I take toward Him today? In the days ahead?