In the past two years, we have recently witnessed and/or experienced hardships around the world—the war in Ukraine, sickness and disease (Covid-19), and now most recently, inflation and scarcity of food.
This is not the first time people in the last three or four generations have experienced this. For this last current generation–it will be their first.
The current inflation we have today is pushing up food prices; it has gone up by 11%. Fuel and housing costs have also increased. The consumer price indices (CPI) in all countries show increased prices across the board. CPI measures the price change of the cost of a basket of goods and services.
The book of Revelation in the bible mentions similar pressures. The second seal’s red horse represents war. Today, we have Ukraine/Russia. Tomorrow, we might have other conflicts. The third seal’s black horse represents inflation and economic disaster. Read further in Revelation and we see the seventh seal and the seven trumpets with more disasters.
I’m not projecting disaster, sickness, and economic catastrophe. When bad things happen, it does cause some to think and remind us of what the scriptures have to say about bad times.
Every generation that experiences hardship think they have it bad. Our recent generations have not experienced anything even remotely close to what previous generations have experienced.
Hard times will continue for the next little while but it will not last. What will help us get through the hard times will be an attitude of gratefulness. Gratefulness is a gift. Difficulties are an opportunity in life for us to show gratitude to the Lord God our Creator. We will be blessed to remember to be thankful and show thanksgiving for every little thing we have been given.
As human beings, as in all creation, we are designed to count our blessings and thank God for the things we have. It is by God’s grace that we have food on the table, a roof over our heads, schools our children can attend and learn, and freedom and liberties that allow for joy and happiness. These things are not a right, but they are a privilege and a blessing.
Americans celebrate Thanksgiving Day on the fourth Thursday in November. Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving Day on the second Monday in October. Thanksgiving is also celebrated in Germany, Netherlands, Japan, and other countries–mostly around October and November.
God wants us to remember to be grateful each day. May we remember to give God thanks and keep an attitude of gratitude. It will keep us on the right track as individuals, as peoples, as cultures and societies.