Future tense, will. Not past tense, have shown; not present tense, am showing. But, future tense, WILL.
The world we live in is a scary place, my friends. The hate over politics, ethnicity, cultural differences, skin tones – it doesn’t seem to be getting better. It seems to be getting worse. The news is filled with horrible words, rash judgement, ignorance, and speech designed to fan the flames of hate and further divide the chasm between us.
Notice the ellipsis at the end of that verse. It is only half the sentence. Beyond “don’t do this thing that is in human nature and do this thing that you have to consciously do all the time thanksgiving in your heart even if times are really super hard,” there is the promise of a beautiful gift.
Even though I’ve done so much study for years and years, but I had a new revelation last week.
Don’t you just love it when God does that?
We all have been given something very special by God, something that He has endowed upon us to use to serve Him, to serve our neighbor, to take care of those who are in need, to encourage others, to teach others — something given to us to use as God needs it used.
Oftentimes, we feel unimportant, plain, boring, less than that person or this person. Not as beautiful, not as delicate, not as smart, not as graceful. Our brains get flooded with less than thoughts that bring us down and make us afraid to use this gift from God because we’re afraid we’re not good enough.