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Happy Thanksgiving - We Rejoice in God's Daily Mercies

11/23/17

Permalink 01:29:00 am, by Pastor Plagenz Email , 381 words   English (US) latin1
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Happy Thanksgiving - We Rejoice in God's Daily Mercies

Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb! (Revelation 19:9)

 Today is a day for feasting. Strictly speaking, this national day is not a spiritual holiday. Any nebulous giving of thanks to no one and nothing in particular is not worthy of Christians.

 However, since Satan has so often purloined the holidays (Christmas, Easter) that belong to the saints who rejoice in the blood of the Lamb, why can’t we “steal” one of his back? Indeed, it is hard to imagine that we gather with family around our own version of “the groaning board” without remembering that every gift comes “down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17).

 Our flesh may deem some Thanksgivings less worthy of thanks—someone in the family is dying, finances are failing, the nation is under attack, etc. However, God trains the saints on earth to “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Or, at the very least, we pray for the spiritual strength of faith to follow that standard set by the apostle Paul. The world can only be thankful when things are going well—when the turkey is fat and juicy, when the family is fat and sassy, and when “our” team wins the Turkey Day game. By grace, the saints know better.

 We know that in good times and bad, our God remains good. His mercy endures not just for a moment; it lasts forever. If someone is nearing death in your Christian family on this day, rejoice that he or she is approaching death with confidence in our Savior. Repent of the shallow thanks that recognizes only peace, health, and prosperity. Remember that we will enjoy an eternal feast in heaven. With such a hope, we can toast our family with a glass of wine, carve the turkey with a godly smile, and pass the mashed potatoes (to the left or the right?) with the joy of those who know that God loves us just as dearly when he chooses to afflict us as he does on this day of feasting.

 Through the cleansing blood of his dear Son, God’s forgiveness and love are also ours when his chastising hand of discipline reckons that tears will serve us better than laughter.

 

(This devotion comes to us from Northwestern Publishing House)

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