I’m thankful that God is good—and I mean good as in benevolent. It is out of his goodness that we receive all the temporal blessings that provide for our well-being.
But for those of us who belong to him, there’s another and greater purpose for his goodness: God’s kindness is intended to lead us to repentance (Romans 2:4). His goodness is working something of eternal consequence in us. It turns us from sin to faith in our good God.
And there’s even more: Every single life circumstance works toward a good end in the lives of those who love him. Even life’s difficulties are good gifts serving a benevolent purpose; they are remaking me into the image of Christ (Romans 8:28-29).
How can I not be thankful that my heavenly Father is good? His goodness sustains my life, both physical and spiritual. It’s because God is good that I can (or should) thank him in all circumstances, for all circumstance are working together for my good.