In the Bible, every time the children of Israel strayed, it was because they failed to consciously remember where God had brought them from; they failed to worship Him consistently; they failed to give Him thanks.
I am purposeful in using the word “failed” because they had a choice. From the beginning, God gave humanity the power of choice. He doesn’t force us; every one of us can choose.
We must also recognize that humanity suffers from chronic forgetfulness. If we are not reminded, we tend to forget.
Therefore, we ought to make a concerted effort to recall where God brought us from to where we are today; “I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of… bondage.” Exodus 20:2 KJV The enemy would love to keep us in chains, but God has set us free!
We ought to remind ourselves of His unimaginable love – He sent His ONLY son to die for you and for me; “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 KJV
We ought to retell the story of the gospel; “Tell your children about it; they will tell their children, who in turn will tell the next generation.” Joel 1:3 GNB
We ought to read God’s Word to refresh our memories of His faithfulness and to receive His recommendations for living our best lives. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Psalms 119:105 KJV
We ought to rejoice in the Blessed Hope of His soon return. “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14:3 KJV
We may not live in North America nor enjoy today as a public holiday. But regardless of where you live on this planet, you have a whole lot to be thankful for.
Yes. Even if your life is not exactly how you would like it to be at this time.
You have the awesome, amazing God of the universe who:
1. calls you His child. “See how much the Father has loved us! His love is so great that we are called God’s children…” 1 John 3:1a GNB
2. has your name written in the palm of His hands. “___________ (insert your name) I can never forget you! I have written your name on the palms of my hands.” Isaiah 49:16 GNB
3. knows us intimately. “Even the hairs of your head have all been counted. So do not be afraid; you are worth much more than many sparrows!” Luke 12:7 GNB
If we would only stop and count our blessings, we’ll make today and every day a thanks-giving day.
“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all genenerations.” Psalm 100: 4-5 KJV