Grateful for God

November 2016: A Word From Dr. Stanley

When you sit down to a meal of turkey and all your other Thanksgiving favorites, what will be the focus of your gratitude? Most believers will probably find their thoughts centered on all the blessings God has given during the past year—His provision, guidance, protection, and especially salvation.

God is sovereign and powerful—as well as loving, kind, and good.

This year I challenge you to turn your gratitude toward God Himself. Instead of simply thanking Him for what He’s done, let’s be thankful for who He is. Since coming to know Him as a loving Father who watches over us, we could easily lose sight of His awesome majesty. Who is this mighty one we call God?

In Scripture, the Lord is described with a variety of names and titles, but in Exodus 3:14, He calls Himself “I AM WHO I AM,” which is the Hebrew word YAHWEH. This name signifies His eternal existence, sovereignty, omnipresence, and unlimited power, wisdom, and knowledge. However, later in the same book, He describes Himself as “the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in loving- kindness and truth” (Ex. 34:6).

What an amazing God we serve. He’s not only sovereign and powerful but also infinitely loving, kind, and good. We need never doubt His love or fear He’s unable to help. Even when everything around us changes, He remains the same.

While His magnificence is hard for our finite minds to grasp, I pray this month’s devotions will enlarge your gratitude for God, as your experience of Him deepens.


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