… giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ … (Ephesians 5:20 ESV)
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:15-17 ESV)
The child of God serves an all-powerful, totally sovereign Lord. The psalmist puts it this way, “Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases” (Psalm 115:3 ESV). This being true, the Christian comes to expect great things of his great God and this is only natural since God is still who the Bible claims Him to be and He is yet at work powerfully advancing His kingdom.
However, not every day is a Red Sea experience. The 5000 (or in our case the eleven) get fed, but it’s not by two loaves and five fish. We still see people come to faith in Christ and incorporated into the church, but normally there aren’t 3000 souls saved all at one time as on the day of Pentecost.
All this goes to show that throughout time, miracles have been the exception, not the rule. Typically, the grace of the Lord—both common and saving grace—has fallen on the sons of men more like a steady rain rather than a downpour. God faithfully blesses us in the drip, drip, drip, even when it's not a flood.
Unfortunately, our weak, sin-filled hearts focus on the spectacular fireworks displays and overlook the simple beauty of one act of kindness. The Lord quietly feeds us as He does the birds and clothes us as He does the flowers on the country hillside, but there’s no pizzazz. So, we yawn and think we’re missing out on the life of the superhero Christians we read about. Worse than all this, I believe, is the fact that we are not thankful for the drip, drip, drip of God’s constant grace and steadfast love.
Scripture is very clear for the saint. He is to thankfully rejoice in God whether he is on the other side of the Red Sea or in year 23 of 40 of wilderness wanderings. This will take some doing on the part of the Holy Spirit to readjust our expectations enabling us to see the small things of life whispering, “The Lord is good and faithfully cares for His own.”
Today, open up your eyes and your heart in thanksgiving for the large blessings and the little trifles sent your way. Thank Him for the bologna and cheese sandwich you have for lunch, the tie you receive for Christmas, the older car that still gets you from point A to point B, and the noise and chaos of a house filled with stories, clutter, laughter and charades. Everything—big, small, good and bad—points back to the One who knows how to give you good gifts. Be thankful in Jesus Christ for each one …especially for the small things. This is what makes up 90% of our days here on earth.