Can we be thankful to God and bless his name when our life has been turned upside down by unforeseen circumstances? Yes, we can because we know that all things will work together for good to those that love God states Romans 8:28. The apostle Paul learned that whatever state he was in, to be content [see Philippians 4:11]. Paul said this after a long discourse of whatsoever things . . .
Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.Philippians 4:8
We are to think on these things. The things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and things that are of a good report. Do you have a good report to share with someone? Is the Spirit drawing you to enter His gates with Thanksgiving? November 25th is Thanksgiving Day, and many are getting ready for “Turkey Day,” and it comes at a high price this year anywhere from 30 to 50 dollars for a 10-pound Turkey depending on if it is organic or not. I heard my son say that he wondered if He was going to get a free bird this year. Some companies do give their employees free birds, but maybe not this year. Some people are just giving up on the cost of Turkey since there has been a supply chain issue. It is interesting to note along with the Turkey issue is also the gas price and the Christmas Tree supply chain issue here in America. The mad dash to the grocery store has become anything but enjoyable these days with road rage just getting to the store. I’m not kidding about this, for it is happening in nearby cities where we shop. That is one reason why our family changed to Chicken and even Pot Roast for Thanksgiving dinner in the last couple of years instead of Turkey. We are still thankful even if we do not have Turkey for Thanksgiving.
We may forget that the Indians and the early Plymouth colonies were thankful to God for a wonderful harvest. In 1863 it was declared a national holiday by President Lincoln. Harvest time was always a time to be thankful for what food the fields brought in. Some of us grow our own vegetables in our gardens and we are thankful for what we harvested this year. With thanksgiving in our hearts, we give thanks for what we have at our table. The word Thanksgiving in Hebrew is “Chag ha•ho•da•ya,” which takes on the meaning of Holiday and glory, splendor, or majesty to God. Interesting note on the Hebrew word ” Hó•du,” which means the turkey bird. I wonder if that is how the turkey entered the picture for Thanksgiving. We can find this all amusing as we sit at the table and feast this Thanksgiving and know that the Lord is good, and His mercy is everlasting no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in. Our family knows what it is like not to have money to buy a Turkey, and it was the kindness of other Christians who came at the door leaving us several bags of goodies on Thanksgiving Day.
God always supplied our need and we have never gone without food, and that is something to be thankful for, besides all the other blessings that we have received throughout the year. We may see that things are a little crazy out in our world today, but we can be thankful for what we do have at our table this year. We have each other to thank also for making this year more bearable since Covid-19 came upon us. As we praise God and serve Him, we can serve each other this Thanksgiving with joy in our heart, for “this is the day that the Lord has made, and we will rejoice and be glad in it,” Psalms 118:24. Oh! Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Lift your head and rejoice this Thanksgiving for what God has done for you personally. He has given you this day to rejoice and every day to rejoice and be thankful, for you are alive in the Lord and He has not forgotten you. You have a purpose in this life and God will reveal what that purpose is. He will direct our paths as we acknowledge him [see Proverbs 3:6]. We have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things [see Ephesians 1:11].
I pray that you are being lifted as you read this devotional, for my heart is being lifted as I write this. Oh Lord! Thank you for this day and bless those who need their hearts lifted on this day. Thank you for giving us this day to enjoy each other in our family as we sit at the table of thanksgiving. Let us rejoice and be glad for all that you have given us. Let us share that joy with others so they can be thankful too. . .let us enter His gates everyday with thanksgiving . . . in Jesus Name, Amen.
This is my last post for this year; however, I will be back after the New Year. This is a time to reflect, pray, and be with those you love. Use your time wisely and engage with those around you with love and kindness. Be a blessing and you will be blessed. I will continue to pray for you and please do pray for me. May we all stay healthy and blessed in Jesus Name. Take time to read the bible and any post you may have missed. God bless you all in the name of Jesus.