Mary and I want to wish all our family and friends a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING. We have so much to thank God for and for our wonderful country.
Please read 2 Corinthians 9:6-15.
Praising God for His blessing is the true sacrifice of godly Christians. One of the purposes of giving a blood sacrifice of an innocent animal was that God took that which was innocent to sacrifice for the guilty. Who in the world would not rejoice in that?
Spurgeon wrote, “See the order here: the soul is sore sick, it begins to pray; the Lord sends His word, the soul is healed; praise is presented, and God is glorified. May this become a matter of experience with each one of us.”
God has commanded the Christian to acknowledge His grace of giving with thanksgiving, which in turn will make serving God a little sweeter, and as we declare His works with rejoicing, we will honor God, feel good about ourselves, help others, and further the cause of Christ in the process.
All these blessings are also a manifestation of faith and trust in God and His provision – not to mention the fact that it will produce abundant thanksgiving unto God by both the giver and receiver.
2 Corinthians 8:14, “But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality.”
This is really an amazing principle: as we supply the needs of others, they in turn should supply us in our time of need. God is saying that those Jews who once had need of nothing due to their abundance should now be dependent upon others who are now blessed with abundance.
This almost sounds like modern day communism – far from it. Since when has communism ever really been concerned about the needs of others.
I believe Thanksgiving is no more than giving our honor and praise to God for His supply, and in turn we help others due to our abundance.
God is so good, not only to hear our prayers, but also to answer them; however, it is required of us to be thankful, because the Bible commands, “In every thing give thanks,”
Psalm 95:2, “Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving.” Or, let us come before His face with confession, offerings and thanksgivings.
The proper order is to acknowledge that we have sinned, confess our sin and unworthiness of His blessing, and praise Him for what he has already done.
In Psalm 100:4, we are commanded to “enter his gates with thanksgiving;” in Psalm 147:7, we are commanded to “sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving,” and in Amos 4:5, we are commanded to offer a “sacrifice of thanksgiving.”
We need to make certain that we truly become conscious of giving many thanksgivings unto the Lord over this Thanksgiving Season.