Over the years, in admonishing my children, counseling myself, advising others —
Be very careful of the words “always” and “never”
These words are like gasoline to a fire of hurt feelings and misunderstandings and unmet expectations. For the fact is, because we are human and not perfect, we cannot guarantee “always” or “never”
Today’s focus on gratitude is on the only One who can truthfully and confidently say “always” and “never”
Jesus told his followers (and us, by extension) “behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20
The writer of Hebrews assures us that Jesus is “…able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them…” Hebrews 7:25
I can trust God’s Word because He never lies (Titus 1:2)
God promised He would never leave me nor forsake me (Hebrews 13:5)
Yes, we are told to always pray, always give thanks, never seek vengeance, never worry. . . But I also know that this cannot be lived out in my own strength.
I am not perfect.
God is. And when I rely on His power rather than my own, I can “…giving thanks always and for everything…” (Ephesians 5:20)