Thanksgiving

Can you believe the Thanksgiving holiday is upon us? It will be Christmas before we know it. This week, we moved the lawn mower to the back of the shed, and brought the snowblower closer to the door. I suppose I will be criticized for wanting snow, but I’m just getting prepared for God’s answer to our prayers for moisture. At this point, I don’t care how it comes.

Thanksgiving is our topic for the week. As we contemplate giving thanks, I wonder if we give much thought to the idea. Are we truly thankful? A question I might ask some folks is this: Who are you thanking, anyway? It is God we thank. It is God who gives every good gift. (James 1:17)

Do we look back on our lives and thank God for what he’s done for us? In Psalm 138, we get a glimpse of King David’s heart as he gives thanks to his God. If you have a Bible, I’d like you to read Psalm 138. You might do this as your family gathers for the Thanksgiving meal. Just mute the ball game and read it aloud, as a reminder of God’s blessings..

In verses 1-3, he tells God that he will praise him with all his heart, he will do it publicly, with a proper attitude and posture, and with thanksgiving. In addition to the elements of his praise, he will give thanks for God’s love, for His faithfulness, for answers to past prayers and for the spiritual strength that God provides.

He then prays for all kings (leaders of nations) to acknowledge God’s favor to those who are humble and not arrogant or prideful (verses 4-6). David concludes by asking God to continue to work in his own life, bringing God’s plan for him to completion (verses 7-8).

As we offer praise to God and thank Him for material and spiritual blessings, let us not forget to thank him for answered prayer. Remember those times you asked him for protection, strength, comfort, patience, love or other special needs, and he supplied them. Beware of taking God’s provision and answered prayers for granted.

Scripture reminds us to “give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Then we are to trust Him to complete the work he has begun in us (Philippians 1:6).

Giving thanks,
Pastor Jerry

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