Happy Thanksgiving to all! There is a slight chance that most of your devotional messages today will have something to do with giving thanks to God. What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than to give thanks to God? I saw an article last Sunday about what people were thankful for. While that is an important part of the equation, the article failed to note who or what was the object of that gratitude. The world wants to ignore or forget about God; we know that, but sometimes it is brought home to us once more. Today, no way are we going to forget God and what He did for us through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Before the world began, you and I were chosen to receive the salvation that comes from Jesus. How did that happen? There would have been no need for salvation at that time. Well, God knew that as soon as He gave a couple of humans their freedom to choose, they would blow it and choose the wrong thing. They did, we do, and we all need salvation since we obviously can't keep the Law. I don't want to say that we don't make a valiant effort to keep the Law, but we do fall at times. Our Adversary has been practicing lying since before we came around, and he has gotten very good at it. Without the Holy Spirit, we wouldn't stand much of a chance. Without the sacrifice of Jesus, we would have no chance at all. So to begin our "thank yous" for the day:
Thank you, God, for your Son, Jesus Christ, and His great sacrifice on the cross for all of us.
Thank you, God, for the Holy Spirit and his wonderful work in us each day.
Thank you, God:
That Jesus both acknowledged to Pilate that He was King, but refused to be forced into the kingship by the people of that time. We know that He will come as the King of kings in His own good time. We also know that Jesus had something more important to do before His crowing in Heaven. He chose to lay down His life for us!
For your divine providence in all that we receive in our lives.
For our families, friends, homes, pets, and hobbies.
For the difficult times in our lives that teach us about your love and gentle correction.
For the losses in this life that teach us how much you care about each and every human life.
For the good times in this life that remind us of our home in Heaven which you have gone to prepare for us.
For this earth and the wonders of the heavens; a place to live and grow while we wait for your return.
For your love which enfolds us daily in your embrace!
We love you, Lord!
Have a joyful Thanksgiving in Christ Jesus!