Once A Year

Yesterday Americans celebrated a holiday unique to our nation.  We call this holiday, “Thanksgiving.”  On this day all Americans are encouraged to come together with family and friends with a thankful heart for all we as people have been blessed with.

Without a doubt many people gathered together for turkey, football, and fellowship.  However I wonder how much time did we spend in verbalizing things we were thankful for?  For most of us the day was so busy that we failed to reflect on what God has given us.

Consider King Hezekiah’s words, “The living, the living, he thanks you, as I do this day; the father makes known to the children your faithfulness,” 38:19. The scene in Isaiah 38 is one of sorrow and joy.  The chapter begins with sorrow as Isaiah recounts the story of King Hezekiah’s sickness.  This sickness was leading to death, but the king cries out to God for mercy and God grants him mercy and declares that his life would be extended for 15 years.  In response the king gives praise to God.

However the question is, “How long would this praise last?”  Not very long because in the next chapter a delegation comes from Babylon and the king shows the delegation all that he has and because of this God sends judgment on the nation.

I wonder, “How long will God continue to bless a nation that does not give Him thanks for anything good they have?’  For the answer to this question we have to look no father than our own nation.  God has blessed us for over 200 years and we continue to fail to praise Him.

God help us as followers of Christ to lead the charge in turning our nation back to God.  I believe this great task begins as we continually praise God for who He is and for what He does.

Think how easy it is to become distracted, as did Hezekiah, from this goal.  Here is an example, “Today millions of Americans are filling malls on black friday pushing and shoving to get the perfect gift.  Thoughts of being thankful and joyful are so far from people’s minds.  Its dog eat dog!

Maybe you are going to head out into a black friday world today?  If so, here is a reminder of what we have to be thankful for before others, “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary, his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength,” Isaiah 40:28-29.

One Response to “Once A Year”

  1. Brenda Barbos Says:

    I am so thankful that we serve a faithful God whose faithfulness doesn’t depend on us or we would be in real trouble most of the time. Happy Thanksgiving from Romania.

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