Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness,
And for His wonderful works to the children of men! Psalm 117:8, 15, 21, 31 (NKJV)
How many wonderful works of the LORD’s goodness can you name in 15 seconds? No pre-planning. No “warming up.” Just set the timer on your cell phone for 15 seconds and start naming the good things God gives us.
I tried it. Set my timer and started rattling off good things. I was able to mention 22 everyday things that we usually take for granted. Good things. Wonderful things. Things that God gives to all people, all of mankind, “all humanity” as the Holman Christian Study Bible says.
Moon, sun and stars, gravity, trees, mountains, earth, sea and sky came to mind immediately. Other things like family came a millisecond slower.
God gives good gifts to all humans regardless of their relationship to Him. Jesus said:
He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. (Matthew 5:45)
Psalm 107 lists numerous gifts God gives to those who do not yet love, trust and obey Him. He redeems them, He rescues them from distress, He brings them out of darkness and gloom, God heals them, He rescues them from hell, and He lifts the needy out of their suffering with no strings attached.
God is good to all people. So, all people should give thanks to the LORD. Why? Because He is good.
Those who live in darkness do not understand the wonderful works God has in store for them after they accept Christ. But they can understand that good things come from a good God. And they can thank Him for His goodness.
That’s a start. A place for people to begin their journey toward Him, the good God for all humankind. They can start with giving thanks to the LORD for His goodness to them.