Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving Perspective

by Lara Cook
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Thanksgiving Perspective
A few days ago, I was at a loss about what to put on this day of devotionals.  I was searching preached sermons on Thanksgiving and scouring through materials we have on file and really had not come up with anything so I put it aside for a few days.  It is amazing how everything can change in a couple of days’ time.
Since I have set this aside, mankind has suffered a horrible tragedy.  The world has been attacked by a group of terrorists so evil they make my skin crawl.  But here we are a day away from the holiday that we are supposed to focus on all the blessings and things in our lives we are thankful for.  In the midst of tragedy sometimes it is easy to forget the blessings we have.  This is a sad and dark time and people are mourning losses and fear had gripped the whole world about where and when it will happen again.  We are all holding our breath, believing it is only a matter of time before it happens again here in the United States.  As Christians, we have already been a specific target of this group and that makes it even more sobering for us.  
However, this day, tomorrow, and every other day of the year, we cannot let terrorists steal our gratefulness, our Thanksgiving.  It makes me think of the Whos down in Whoville who gathered in the midst of their Christmas being taken by the Grinch.   Together they raised their voices in song because they knew that Christmas was in their hearts, not in the food, trees, decorations, or presents.  That is where Thanksgiving is too, in our hearts.  This year it is from our broken and confused hearts and in the midst of tragedy such as this, everything seems a little different. Things get put in perspective very quickly.  Suddenly what seemed important before is not so important now and nothing matters as much as the people we love. Unfortunately what we have experienced is much more formidable than the Grinch and does not have the happy ending that the classic Christmas cartoon does. But we can’t let it take away our thankfulness and faith.
This quote seems very appropriate in the midst of the current events: 
What I do know: there is a very real and very active battle, and the prize is faith. God gives faith and Satan steals faith. God loves faith more than any other thing in us, and Satan hates our faith more than any other thing. Faith is the measure to which we believe God is God. And faith is the measure to which we let God be God. - Jennie Allen
The exercise of your faith is the source of your strength.  Brother Van has said many times, Our strength is in direct proportion to our faith and our faith is in direct proportion to our knowledge of God.  Faith takes strengthBelieving requires trusting in the person of God when you cannot understand His ways.  In times such as this when things are beyond our understanding, we have to hang on to our faith.  It is the only thing that can see us through.  I know this year I will be thinking a whole lot more about all that I have within the grasp of my hand, my family that I can put my arms around, my Bible that I can hold in my hands and my God and my faith, that no one can take away from me ever.  For this, I am forever thankful. 
Scripture to Claim:

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  1 Thessalonians 5:18

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