Hey, do you know what tomorrow is? Yes, it’s a holiday, and it’s another day off! That’s true, but does “Thanksgiving” hold any more meaning to you than that? Well, grandma cooks a mean turkey, the family gathers and we all eat a lot. A little too much actually! But, are you thankful?
I mean, do you stop and give pause in the busyness and really reflect on how significantly blessed you are to live in such abundance? Many of the Jewish celebrations were centered around the planting and harvest seasons. They blessed the Lord for the rain which always came at the right time. They praised God for the new wine because the grapes grew so well. The flocks and cattle were fat and ready because there was enough grass on which to feed. God commanded them to be thankful and to remember the source of their blessing and abundance, because we are usually naturally so selfish and self-focused. The Word says, “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.”
(Duet 8:18) A thankful heart will be reminded that God is the supplier of all things good. So when you eat that roll at Grandma’s feast, pause and say “Thank You Lord” for flour which came from the wheat crop which our farmers planted.