There's no denying 2017 has been a difficult year, from terrorist attacks and mass shootings to natural disasters and political unrest. In light of these tragic events, it can be difficult to get into the "holiday spirit." This Thanksgiving, let's take a moment to rest in God's promise to be our refuge and strength in times of trouble. Remember - He promises to never leave us or forsake us!
Here are twelve Bible verses to remind us of God's goodness, faithfulness, and protection - even in the darkest of situations. Will you worry about matters out of your control, or will you trust God to be your ever-present help?
Psalm 46:1-2: "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the Earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea ..."
Philippians 4:6: "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God."
Colossians 3:15: "And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful."
Psalm 27:1: "The LORD is my light and my salvation- whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life- of whom shall I be afraid?"
Deuteronomy 31:8: "The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged."
Hebrews 12:28-29: "Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire."
Psalm 28:7: "The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him."
Psalm 31:19: "How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in you."
2nd Corinthians 4:15: "All of this is for your benefit. And as God's grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory."
Psalm 100:4: "Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name."