Can you believe it, we are in the month of November already!! Boy has the year just flown by or maybe it’s just me. Once we get to the month of November most of us begin to focus on getting ready for Christmas and all that goes with that and we seem to somehow forget what November is all about; being thankful.
Most of us say the words ‘thank you’ so flippantly that I am afraid that they have lost their true meaning or their effect. At times we say thank you to those who we really don’t want to thank, for whatever reason, because we know that it’s the right to do or it’s the proper thing to say or it’s expected of us. We get lousy service at a restaurant but we still say thank you to our server before we leave. Someone opens a door for us and we turn and say thank you to them as a knee jerk reaction. So many other examples I could use but the question remains, are we really thankful.
When we come to a time of worship in our church service and the Lord has recently done something wonderful for us, we willingly lift up our hands in praise and thanksgiving for what He has done for us. Yet I wonder how many of us thank the Lord, just because?
We are encouraged in the Scriptures to express to the Lord how thankful we are when He has come through for us in a mighty way but does He not also deserve our thanks just because of who He is?
David declares in Psalm 7:17 “I will give thanks to the Lord because of His righteousness and I will sing praise to the Name of the Lord Most High.” Psalm 118:1 “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; His love endures forever.” Psalm 118:28 “You are my God, and I will give You thanks; You are my God, and I will exalt You.”
If we are not careful we will allow the expectation of the upcoming bright lights and tinsel of the Christmas season become the reason of why we are so thankful and joyful and miss the One to whom is truly deserving of all of thanks and praise.
Thanksgiving Day is a day that as a nation we have set apart to give thanks for all that we have; yet isn’t it ironic that the day after Thanksgiving begins the big push to buy any and all things that will please us all over again.
When was the last time you stopped and expressed to the Lord how thankful you are just because of who He is? When was the last time you said to the Lord, “Thank You Lord because of You”
You know that it’s never too late to start. Stop right now and take some time to express to the Lord how thankful you really are because He is your God; because He is good and His love endures forever! Remember, without His righteousness and love, we would be lost.
Have a joyful and happy Thanksgiving but more than that, may your heart overflow with thanksgiving for the Lord and who He is; not just on Thanksgiving but on everyday of your life!!!
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