Over the past couple of years as people have been struggling with financial woes and job loss, it’s difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s especially difficult at Thanksgiving to find something to be thankful for when uncertainty follows you wherever you go.
However, there is one thing that we should be grateful for every day. When God created the world, He decided to give us a choice of whether or not we would love and obey Him or, alternatively, to turn away and reject Him. He knew the risk, so from the very beginning He provided a way for us to be saved. He would, at the perfect time, send His one and only Son to die for our sins. The only requirement—the only way—to God is through our belief that God sent Jesus, His one and only Son, to be crucified, dead and buried and be raised on the third day.
Thanksgiving Day is not just a day to watch parades, eat turkey, watch football and plan Black Friday shopping strategies; it is a day to celebrate the precious gift of salvation and the many blessings God has given you with your family and friends. It is a day to let people know that no matter what has happened to you or what you’ve been dealing with you will be thankful for what God has done for you. It is a time to praise God in the good times and bad.
In the book of Jeremiah, God reminds the Israelites that they have a lot to be grateful for yet they have refused to glorify God for what He has done for them. They have been disobedient and turned to other gods to help them in time of trouble. God tells them through the prophet Jeremiah that He is going to punish them for their disobedience and idolatry; however, He also promises that He will forgive them and restore them because of His great compassion. He also foretells the coming of Christ in Jeremiah 23:5-6:
5 The time is coming, declares the LORD , when I will raise up a righteous descendant from David’s line, and he will rule as a wise king. He will do what is just and right in the land. 6 During his lifetime, Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. And his name will be The LORD is Our Righteousness. (Common English Bible).
God has a plan and purpose for your life even through the trials He allows you to go through. Take time today to praise God for those things you know you are thankful for as well as taking the time to be grateful for the trial or trials God has allowed in your life as He creates in you the person He has desired you to become all along.
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