Happy Thanksgiving!

On October 3, 1789 President George Washington said in his Thanksgiving Proclamation:

It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor… And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions.”

This year, in the United States we have so much to be thankful for. We are still the most blessed and prosperous nation on earth. Most of us still live in homes which would be considered palaces in most parts of the world. Americans of every stripe, still own all kinds of technologies: cell phones, 46” HDTVs, iPads, Playstations, computers, sports cars, etc.. Very few Americans (that I have seen) are actually starving to death, drinking contaminated water from stagnant ponds, living in cardboard boxes or tents (unless of course they choose to be a protesting dead-beat), or cannot obtain emergency medical care. Fewer still are the Americans who are being jailed, whipped, hung, beheaded, or hacked to pieces for proclaiming their faith in Jesus Christ.

Yes, as bad as things may seem in America, we still have much to be thankful for. Things can always get worse. So this year, please be very thankful to Almighty God for everything he has done for you.

Thank God for your family!

Thank God for your friends!

Thank God for your neighbors and co-workers!

Thank God for food and clean water!

Thank God for electricity!

Do you have warm clothes to wear? Thank God!

Do you have a roof over your head? Thank God!

Do you still have your freedom? Thank God!

Can you see? Well, thank God that you are not blind!

Can you hear? Thank God that you are not deaf!

Do you have two arms? Thank God for that!

If you have two legs and can walk, thank God!

If you can sit upright in a chair, thank God, because many cannot!

Even if you are in agony, bed ridden, and can barely breath, you still have so much to be thankful for. Who do you think is currently watching over you right now from above? Therefore, thank God!

Have you accepted the free gift of pardon that Jesus purchased for you on the cross? Have you called upon the name of the Lord? If so, then thank God for your salvation! For you have inherited an eternity in Paradise and one day soon:

“…God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” – Revelation 21:4

“Dear God, thank YOU!”

So, do not worry. Jesus commanded us to never worry:

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – Matthew 6:25-34

Instead of worrying about tomorrow, draw near to our loving Heavenly Father today, and give Him thanks. Let Him take all your worries, doubts, and fears, and replace them with peace, joy, and hope.

Dear Christian, do not ever look back, for you have been called to live and boldly march forward during dark days. Let God’s radiance and goodness shine in you so you stick out like a blazing torch in the night. May all the unbelievers who cross your path become instantly dazzled by your inexplicable hope:

“Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. ‘Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.’ But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.” – 1 Peter 3:13-16

 


Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Sean Kirkpatrick

Sean Kirkpatrick posted at 2011-11-23 Category: America