Thursday, November 25, 2021

Daily Devotion: Have A Happy Thanksgiving

Bible Reading:  Psalm 92

Key Verse: Verse 1 – “It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:”

Key Words:  It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD

In God’s Word, there are a number of reasons given for us to be filled with thankfulness…just to name a few…

Ø For our friends (Romans 16:4, II Thessalonians 2:13),

Ø For God Himself (I Corinthians 15:57, Revelation 11:17),

Ø For those who have helped us in times of need (II Corinthians 1:11, 9:15),

Ø For all things (Ephesians 5:20, I Thessalonians 5:18),

Ø For heaven (Hebrews 13:15), and

Ø For our salvation.

The list goes on and on.  The problem is we tend to focus on our “problems” rather than our blessings.

When our New England colonies were first established, the settlers endured many difficulties.  They decided to lay their many distresses before God in fervent days of fasting and prayer, but constant meditation upon their difficulties kept them in discouragement and discontent even to the point of wanting to return to “their homeland” with all of its persecutions.  Again it was suggested that a day of fasting and prayer be appointed; but a plain common sense old colonist rose up in their meeting which was filled with despair and said, “It seems high time to me that we should consider the mercies of God for a change.  The colony is growing; the fields are increasing their harvest; the rivers are full of fish; and the woods are full of wildlife; the air is fresh; and our freedoms are ever before us; our families have health; and most of all, we have our religious freedom; so I suggest that we amend our resolution from a day of fasting and prayer to a day of thanksgiving.”  So they did, and the rest is history.

Thought:  A real spirit of thanksgiving depends on whether you focus on your burdens or your blessings.

I do hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving.

What to do:
✞ Focus on what you have rather than what you do not have.

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