You know what I was thinking last night? Consider all the good things in your life: the people and relationships, the things that make life easier, the exciting or pleasurable experiences, the little extras that just make you happy. All of that, EVERY good gift, comes from our Father. If we, yet sinful and bound to this sinful world, can enjoy such wonderful things, can you imagine what eternity will be like? When God forever bestows on us His good gifts and we are ever able to see and appreciate His generosity?! As if salvation from His wrath and our earned judgment wasn't enough!
You know, if God never did one more kind or good thing for us, if He never answered, "Yes," to one more plea, He has already given us more than we can ask or imagine. We (believers in Jesus), rescued from His wrath, have NOTHING to complain about and EVERYTHING for which to praise Him. This is how Paul can write in I Thessalonians, "Give thanks in all circumstances." This is how he can write to the Philippians, "Do everything without complaining or arguing." This otherwise insumountable task can be accomplished only when we understand what God has already done for us.
If the only thing God ever did for mankind was to send Jesus to be our atoning sacrifice, eternity would ring forever with His praises. Can you imagine what celebrations await us since He has given us so much more?!
"Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!" -Matthew 7:9-11
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1:3