1999-07-27 - T: Thanksgiving
The Holy Alphabet Series
Psalm 66:10-12 For Thou hast tested us, O God: Thou hast refined us as silver is refined. Thou didst bring us into the net; Thou didst lay affliction on our loins. Thou didst make men ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; yet Thou hast brought us forth into abundance (saturation).
"Thanksgiving is a prayer, wherein we render thanks to God for his general goodness, and particular favours, 1 Sam. 2:1, Psal. 1:6, Psal. 103:1-6," - Robert Port
In the early days when the settlers first came to New England there was once a call for fasting in a public assembly. One of the farmers arose in the meeting, an older gentleman, and suggested that such a fast would only provoke all of heaven against them. He reviewed many mercies that God had recently shown to them and proved that they had much to be thankful for. He then moved that instead of a day of fasting, they should have a day of thanksgiving.
This is a common practice among Christians. It is the, "It's not as bad as it could be." attitude. Such an attitude is fitting and proper for a Christian. "Yes, the Lord really was with us that day," is a common phrase when a Christian has a dent in her car. "Yes, the Lord protected me and kept me from further injury," is heard when a Christian falls, hits his head and has a nasty black eye.
It's amazing to me because I hear this all the time. Calamity occurs in our lives and we, in turn, give thanks. In one sense it is kind of a self-counseling, "It's not as bad as it could be." In another sense, it is a wonderful, beautiful, testimony to the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Who else has such an attitude but a Christian? Who can look at tragedy in the face and say, "Yet, God's hand was merciful?" Very few, it seems. And yet this is simply part of the journey of living by faith. Trusting God, even in the rough times, is part of walking by faith. "But if (anyone suffers) as a Christian, let him not be put to shame, but in that name let him glorify God." 1 Peter 4:16
Thanksgiving, in all circumstances of life, is one of the trademarks™ of a Christian. "In which you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, although necessary, you have been caused pain by various trials, that the proof of your faith, more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in approval and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ." 1 Peter 1:6, 7
"The Lord has many fine farms from which he receives but little rent. Thanksgiving is a good thing: thanksliving is better." --Philip Henry
Soli Deo Gloria,
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