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Thanksgiving Honors Me

July 18, 2019


Thanksgiving Honors Me

God is God.     He always has been God  and He always will be God.     There never has been any other real God,  in spite of the fact  that  people are often into the habit  of worshiping other things,  ideas,  or man-made philosophies  that they decide  to call “God”.

But,  we sometimes feel  that we have a problem.     It can really seem like God has turned away from us — or doesn’t care about us — or is punishing us — or whatever else our imaginations come up with.     We know  that God is still God,  but we don’t have an answer  to all our suffering.      So, we complain,  mope  around,  feel rejected,  and sometimes even become bitter  about God’s seeming avoidance  of our cries.     Things just don’t seem  to turn around  in our favor.

God shares with us a truth  we all need to remember.     When tough times never leave us,  bitter complaints are not helpful.      That is because  God is God  and always has been.      We need  to fess up  to the fact  that He has proven His love  and faithfulness  in sending Jesus  to be our Savior from all sin.      God has not stopped loving us.     But,  our lives might show  that we have not been loving  and trusting God  rightly.     We need to always acknowledge  God’s wisdom,  love,  faithfulness,  and salvation.     In spite of our hard times,  these are truths  that we need to always give thanks for  (instead of complaining).

The fact  that God is holy eternally  tells us  that He has not changed.     But,  we are often wishy-washy  when we want everything  to go smoothly  and to be filled to overflowing with blessings.     In love and righteousness,  God shows us  (His children)  the  right way to be  in Psalm 50:23,

He who offers a sacrifice  of thanksgiving  honors Me;
And to him  who orders his way aright
I shall show  the salvation  of God.

When we’re afraid and deeply troubled,  it can be hard  to thank God  for all that He has already done for us,  because we’re concentrating  on our present problems.     But,  that is exactly what God wants us to do  because it is the good and right thing to do.     Remembering God’s love and blessings  is only facing the truth  and confessing it.     If we don’t admit  to this truth,  we are showing a very sinful ungratefulness.

When we “order our way aright”,  we are telling ourselves  to look at the truths  of God’s love for us,  and to be decent enough  to thank God  for all that He has done  down through the ages.     Then,  in remembering,  we make ourselves do the right thing  for our Creator and Redeemer — that is  to thank Him,  from the depths of our hearts,  so that we honor Him  for loving us so faithfully.

When we do that,  in whatever way is right  in God’s wisdom  and love,  He will show us His salvation  in our needs.     Then we will need  to thank Him again.

Knowing how God  has proven His love for us  in Christ,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You for blessing us  with salvation  in Jesus Christ.     Help us  to always keep our eyes  on Him  and His sacrificial love  for us.”



A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods


Pray for our country.


This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1


How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4


Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3


Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12






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