Here is a new song that you might consider singing around your table.
We are privileged to live in a country which sets aside an entire day to give thanks. I’m glad we are being drawn into it. And I have much to be thankful for - personally… I can count many blessings… earthly, temporal and comforting blessings. I can “name them one by one...” Yes, there have been pains and sorrows and deaths and heartbreaks this year, that only God understands.
But I would like to point out three blessings of a different kind that are helping me and spurring me on, during this particular Thanksgiving Season:
Simplicity: I am thankful for how Joshua 1:8 simplifies my life. It shows me where my life should come from, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” I’m finding that I don’t understand everything that is going on in our culture, but this I know: I have the Bible. It is very clear. It is perfect and it shows me how to think and feel and act. I need no other resource to take me where I need to go.
Centering: I’m thankful for Ecclesiastes 11:6, for how it centers my life, “In the morning sow your seed, And in the evening do not withhold your hand; For you do not know which will prosper, Either this or that, Or whether both alike will be good.” In other words, I have seed to sow right where I am. And, I can be content with where I am. I have work to do, and it is right in front of me and I need to keep at it. I used to tell my kids, “your ministry is the next person you meet.” Ecclesiastes 11:6 encourages me to do what is in front of me and be faithful with what I have, right where I am… and not to worry about my life, but simply keep sowing seed. God takes care of the rest. Most of the time, our future is found right where we are.
Sovereignty: I am thankful for God’s sovereignty over everything. His wonderful plans for eternal happiness are unconquerable. This includes unanswered prayer. Spurgeon once prayed, “I thank you that many of my prayers have been refused. I have asked amiss and do not have, I have prayed from lusts and been rejected... Go on with Your patient work, answering “no” to my wrongful prayers, and fitting me to accept it. Purge me from every false desire, every base aspiration, everything contrary to your rule…’ I am thankful that God is wiser that I. He does all things well… so well that “all things work together for good…” (Romans 8:28).
These three things are why we can embrace the command, “in everything give thanks” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).