THIS IS THANKSGIVING WEEK-END IN CANADA
Let us be grateful and give thanks for this wonderful nation of Canada. Let us be on our faces before ALMIGHTY GOD in humility and humbled praise and thanksgiving.
We are called to gratefulness and thanksgiving. It is intended to be a mindset that dominates our life. We should be grateful and thanksgiving every day, not just on Thanksgiving Day for each day “is the day that the Lord, Adonai, has made! Let us rejoice and be glad in it!” (Ps.118:24). Having a special day set aside, calls us to it, reminding us to acknowledge the many blessings; we need an attitude check periodically to see where we are with that.
“The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with Yeshua. But Yeshua sent him away, saying, “Return to your home, and describe all that God has done for you.” So he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole town all that Yeshua had done for him””(Lk. 8:38,39). After delivering the man from demonic oppression, Yeshua’s priority was for him to express his appreciation by witnessing what God had done for him. Let us be mindful to give thanks each time God answers our prayers, and not brush it off as something that just happened (coincidence). Let us remember to give God the glory.
Paul was continually advising his followers to “in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Messiah Yeshua”(I Thess. 5:18); “in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”(Phil.4:6). With thanksgiving we should make our requests; that means we should be thanking Him even before-the-fact. He went on to say, “I am not saying this because I am in need—for whatever circumstance I am in, I have learned to be content. I know what it is to live with humble means, and I know what it is to live in prosperity. In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of contentment—both to be filled and to go hungry, to have abundance and to suffer need”(Phil.4:11,12). “Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, So we cannot take anything out of it. But having food and clothing, with these things we shall be content”(I Tim.6:6-8). Being thankful only when things are the way we want them to be is far from adequate; we are to display an attitude of gratitude for whatever we have, great or small, whatever the situation, good or bad. We must be grateful for the Father’s mercy, grace, and many ways He blesses us, even when we are so undeserving.
Paul wanted to be clear that he was just as thankful when things were not great as when they were. “I thank Messiah Yeshua our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, appointing me to service” (I Tim.1:12). Paul gave the glory to God in all things. He wanted to ensure that he demonstrated such an attitude of gratefulness, that his people would do likewise. He provided an unmatchable model by the life he lived. The Psalmist likewise expressed an attitude of worship even in times of affliction: “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word” (Ps.119:67). He was grateful that having been afflicted caused him to look to God’s Word, drawing him closer to the Lord: “It is good for me that I was afflicted, so that I may learn Your decrees” (Ps.119:71).
There is much to be grateful for in having such amazing examples to learn from and follow. Let us look to these awesome men of God and follow their example by practising gratefulness in the face of disappointments, unpleasant situations, as well as outright affliction and adversity. As Paul says: we “can do all things through Christ Who strengthens (me)/us” (Phil.4:19). And how many of us would be able to say, as the Psalmist, “The Torah from Your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces” (Ps.119:72)? Let us give thanks and be grateful, every day, whether it is “Thanksgiving Day,” or not.
I Tim. 1:12
I Thess. 5:18
I Tim. 6:6-8
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