Friday, November 19, 2010

I think back to some of the Thanksgiving meals that I have had through the years and the word feast does not do them justice. Just think of some of the things you have eaten on that special day. Turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, green bean casserole, candied carrots, cranberries, fresh baked dinner rolls, lefsa, and your choice of pecan, apple, cherry, lemon meringue, or pumpkin pie. Oh and did I mention that you could have ice cream on your pie? Of course there is no need to complain over having to eat the leftovers for it is just as good warmed up. Yes, we have had much to be thankful for, but as we step back and get the bigger picture, our focus will be taken off of the food to something much better.
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As you bite into that turkey, did you stop to think where it came from? Did you thank the grocer and the check out clerk as you purchased it at the store? How about being thankful for the farmer who raised that turkey, or the farmer who raised the corn that he fed to the turkey? How about being thankful to the God who allowed that corn and that turkey to grow?
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Let us not forget that without God sending the rain and right weather conditions, nothing would grow. Consider Psalm 65:9-11, "Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it: thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God, which is full of water: thou preparest them corn, when thou hast so provided for it. Thou waterest the ridges thereof abundantly: thou settlest the furrows thereof: thou makest it soft with showers: thou blessest the springing thereof. Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness."
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The last couple of years have been good crop years for the area farmers. Sure, many of them did the right things at the right time, but notice that according to the passage in Psalms, their ground wouldn't even be soft in the spring, if God hadn't sent the rains to loosen up those dirt clods as they were wetted and dried out again.
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On an even larger scale, consider how God makes sure that we have the right amount of oxygen in the air we breath. Too much oxygen is toxic and too little we would suffocate. Consider as well that we have the sun to make the crops grow and to keep us warn without burning us up. If our earth was much farther from the sun, we would all freeze to death, yet if it were much closer, we would burn up. It is God, the creator of the universe, the creator of all, who holds it all together.
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Colossians 2:16:17 reminds us of God's role in all this. "For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist." A similar reminder is found in the first part of Acts 17:28, "For in him we live, and move, and have our being."
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If it were not for God, we would not even be alive and if not for Christ's death on the cross, we would have no hope for eternal life. Therefore we should give thanks through Him continually, not just at thanksgiving. "By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name." (Hebrews 13:15)