Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Almost everyone in the U.S. is now busy with their preparation for Thanksgiving Dinner and all travel plans to be with family are already finalized.
This U.S. (and Canadian) holiday's precise historical origin is primarily disputed. Although Americans usually consider the First Thanksgiving to have happened in 1621, at Plymouth Plantation, in Massachusetts. Traditionally, this holiday was a celebration of thanksgiving to God for a bountiful harvest. However, Encyclopedia Brittanica (and majority of the people today) agree that the holiday moved away from its religious roots to allow immigrants of various background to participate in this tradition. Today, Thanksgiving has become more of a celebration of families getting together, of pre-Christmas shopping frenzy, and of football fans going wild as the games ensue.
It's amazing how easily we have embraced this change in the tradition for Thanksgiving. A holiday that was born because of the early settler's acknowledgement of God's sovereignty is now replaced with the practice of giving importance instead to the gifts and not the giver. This is probably a case of what I want to call a "Spiritual Dementia".
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Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.
Think about this for a moment. The verse does say that "all things work together for good", but it emphasized that it is TO THEM THAT LOVE GOD. Do we say to ourselves that we are one of "THEM?" Are we behaving like one of "THEM"?
Here's the Diagnostic Testing based on the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ... because, after all, it will always be the only source of our wisdom...
"Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me." (John 8:24, KJV, emphasis added)
"If ye love me, keep my commandments." (John 14:15, KJV)
"Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him." (John 14:23, KJV)
"This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome,"
(1 John 5:3, KJV)
"And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments." (1 John 2:3, KJV)
Shall we spend the next couple of days checking ourselves and allowing God to reveal our REAL motive for celebrating Thanksgiving? Let's have our spiritual checkup and evaluation for any signs and symptoms of "Spiritual Dementia". Then come Thursday, let us face the question again...
"What are we thankful for?"
"Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned." (Revelations 11:17, KJV)
HAVE A TRULY WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING!
Be blessed always!!!