November 23, 2023

Thankful

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“Thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us reveals the fragrance of the knowledge of Him in every place.”—2 Corinthians 2:14 NASB

As a young minister, Martin Rinkart was called to serve a church in his native town of Eilenburg in what today is eastern Germany. He arrived at the beginning of what became known as the Thirty Years’ War.

During this war, rival armies marched through Eilenberg, and many fugitives sought refuge within its protective walls. The area also faced plagues and famines. Yet through every struggle, Rinkart remained faithful. He struggled to provide food for his own family yet opened his home freely to many refugees.

When an occupying army demanded the town pay a large tribute, Rinkart interceded, calling people to prayer. His spiritual fervor influenced the commander’s decision to lower his demands.

To celebrate this victory and express his gratitude to God, Rinkart wrote the hymn “Now Thank We All Our God,” which was translated into English by Catherine Winkworth. Rinkart wrote that we should thank Him “with heart and hands and voices.” We thank Him for the “wondrous things He has done, in whom this world rejoices.” Looking back, we can realize how He has blessed us “with countless gifts of love.”

How many ways can you be thankful to God? Be grateful to Him. No matter what circumstances you face, remember that you can turn to God in prayer. He will hear your cries. Allow your heart to be filled with thanks. He has done wondrous things!

Reflection Question: Make a list of people and things you’re grateful for today.

Prayer
Father, thank You for the marvelous things You have done in my life and that I can trust You with the problems I face. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
2 Corinthians 2


Prayer
Father, thank You for the marvelous things You have done in my life and that I can trust You with the problems I face. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
2 Corinthians 2