These are those who are willing to take up a new doctrine and seek new experiences if somebody else comes along and demonstrates they have had one. And there are always those who are easily moved by miracles. I have never been. I have seen God do some miracles, but I have never been much convinced by miracles. If they will not believe Moses, the prophets, the apostles and our Lord, they would not believe even if a man rose from the dead. Miracles are secondary proofs of anything, and yet miracles move some people tremendously; and if somebody can come along and do a miracle, they would just believe anything.
What if God didn't love us? What if He didn't send His Son to bear sin's penalty in our place? What if He chose to keep us without any understanding of Himself such as He has given us in the Holy Bible? What if He took no interest in our lives? What if He didn't care about our future? What if He had no plans to bless us? What if He didn't want to be bothered to listen to us? What if God would answer none of our prayers? What if He ignored our hurts and offered no comfort in trials? What if He gave us no beauty and wonder to enjoy? What if He punished us every time we did wrong? What if He offered us no protection in life? What if He didn't bother to give us sunlight or rain? What if He didn't grant harvests? What if he allowed no inventions of labor saving devices? What if God criticized everything we do? What if He just wrote us off and sent us to hell? What if, indeed!? Selah! Our God manifests amazing grace to all mankind, inviting them to receive His Son as Savior and Lord, thereby giving all who receive the Lord Jesus a vital relationship with Himself. He is a personal God Who has, at infinite cost, reached down to us in the gutter of sin and offered His hand to lift us up to walk in newness of Life. What a gracious and merciful God!! Ron
For all who throw themselves on His grace and mercy: "He that spared not His own son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things" (Romans 8:32)?
A blessed Thanksgiving to all!
If you and I had done a lot of nice things for people and they simply took our help and never uttered a single word of gratitude to us, how would we feel? How long would we continue doing nice things for people that took us for granted? If this ingratitude would hurt us, how much more does God, who is infinite, feel hurt when we fail to give thanks from the heart? Yet, usually, God goes right on blessing, even when He is taken for granted. Another remarkable thing is that He blesses not only those who fail to give thanks to Him; He blesses those who ignore Him, hate Him, deny Him, and attack Him. This is "amazing grace!" He could withdraw our breath. He could withhold rain. He could ignore us when we are in need. However, He seldom ceases to bless. Sometimes He does use hard things to get our attention. He seeks us, loves us, provides for us and gives us many blessings beyond the two or three mentioned in this article. Selah! This "thanksgiving" time is a good time to begin offering to God our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for His abundant and faithful provision. Ron
"By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His Name" (Hebrews 13:15).