Summary: Whether we chose or not to participate in the abundant life God has given us and realize His generosity, Doesn't negate the fact that we have the opportunity to....and we should be thankful For the opportunity!
Everyday is "Thanksgiving Day"
With all the talk lately, about the decisions of corporate America, to open on thanksgiving, Instead of the normal Black Friday push of the early am hours, only the diehard bargain hunters flock to.
There's a lot of hoopla, everything from that's disrespecting the holiday, to if they do that, it verges on being unchristian.
I can see both points of view, as a nation it's the only day all year, we set aside to observe together, thankfulness for all we have as a country and in our private lives as well.
The flip side of the coin is those companies, are fighting for there very survival, it's a dog eat dog world in business nowadays with all the regulations and internet shopping and all.
But this is the question that I wonder, is the 4th Thursday in November the only day all year, we can be thankful and have a good sale on?
What about the 364 other opportunities we have each year?
Or the 52 designated times God told us to set aside and remember the sabbath day,
the time each week we get together to renew and refresh our relationship with and to praise and worship The Lord.
Hebrews 10:25 MSG
22-25 So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.
If King David who we all know and love to hear stories about, would have felt this way, would we have only had 40 Psalms?
David was only King 40 years and if he would have only taken, one day a year to celebrate and be thankful for, it would have probably only resulted in 40 Psalms.
Thank goodness he realized at a very early age, giving praise and being thankful to God was not only the right thing to do, but a way of life, the way everyone should live on a daily basis.
Everybody knows that good things were always happening to Him, it may have not been written yet in the bible...but David knew as well as anyone....
God is, was and has always been a rewarder of those who diligently seek after Him....no matter who you are!
Hear and listen David's words of wisdom, he had a no matter what attitude, when it came to giving praise and thanksgiving unto God!
Psalms 34:1-9 MSG
I bless God every chance I get;
my lungs expand with his praise.
2 I live and breathe God;
if things aren’t going well, hear this and be happy:
3 Join me in spreading the news;
together let’s get the word out.
4 God met me more than halfway,
he freed me from my anxious fears.
5 Look at him; give him your warmest smile.
Never hide your feelings from him.
6 When I was desperate, I called out,
and God got me out of a tight spot.
7 God’s angel sets up a circle
of protection around us while we pray.
8 Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see—
how good God is.
Blessed are you who run to him.
9 Worship God if you want the best;
worship opens doors to all his goodness.
Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see—
how good God is...isn't that great advice?
God is not.... a that was then and this is now kind of God...
now granted David had an awful lot to be thankful for, but so do we church.....so do we!!
This isn't a burdensome life God has called us to live, and if your feeling burdened down by life, then your depending to much on yourself and not enough on God!
But you don't know about....I don't have to know....what I do know is this, "His word says and declares...His burden is easy and His yoke is light" and His Blessings are always greater...then the accusers disappoints!
And if God has called you to Salvation, isn't it about time you started to take advantage of the love, His wonderful goodness, He has already chosen to give to you?
12-14 So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.
15-17 Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.