Gratitude when robbed

Last week our church building was broken into again. It’s happened several times over the years, and every time it happens, my mind immediately thinks of the words of Matthew Henry after he was robbed:

Let me be thankful.
First, because I was never robbed before.
Second, because although they took my wallet, they did not take my life.
Third, because although they took it all, it was not much.
Fourth, because it was I who was robbed, not I who robbed.

With those few words, he gives evidence how one can give thanks in everything. Learning to be grateful in all things is a matter of seeing life not through the lens of a temporal life, but through the eye-glass of Scripture, with an eternal perspective as God sees it.

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