Monopoly on Thanksgiving


Keep Calm and Read Psalm 46:

God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change
And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;
Though its waters roar and foam,
Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
The holy dwelling places of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered;
He raised His voice, the earth melted.
The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah.

Come, behold the works of the Lord,
Who has wrought desolations in the earth.
He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;
He burns the chariots with fire.
“Cease striving and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah.

I hate to be offensive. Actually, I often enjoy it. Especially when I admit my great vice: I’ve been listening to Christmas music since August. Sorry…not sorry! But as I was listening to the Christmas music on a local radio station, I heard the DJ (or whatever his name is these days) come on with some helpful advice. He recommended that to maintain happiness, you should keep a thankful journal. A diary where you write down what you’re thankful for each day. I thought to myself, Oh, that’s a good idea. How nice! But then I slapped myself—wait a sec! This guy is unsaved, as far as I can tell. Yet, he writes down each day what he’s thankful for—his family, his house, the weather…everything he can think of! But to whom is he directing all this thankfulness!? To his lucky stars? To Mother Nature? To jolly old St. Nick? I mean, when unsaved people say they are celebrating Thanksgiving…what on earth are they celebrating?! It’s a time for thankfulness, but giving thanks to who? Sure, you can and should thank your family and friends for their kindness to you. But you can’t thank your Dad for the weather! You can’t thank Grandma for the safe trip! So you’re left, just being mildly thankful to some unknown entity. Thanks for nothing!

But Christians—oh ya, we have Someone to be thankful to! Yep, Someone to be thankful for! We have a Savior Who gave up heaven for us, gave up all glory for us, gave up endless praise for us, gave up His very life for us! Even if we had Thanksgiving every day for all eternity, we still could not exhaust the thankfulness that He deserves to be given.

Think back over this past year. Think of all the ups—all the times you got a blessing, even though you were a jerk about it. All the times you were an undeserved recipient of grace. Then, think of all the downs—all the times things didn’t go as you planned, but as you look back, you see it turned out much better than you could have imagined. In every circumstance of every day, God has been…well, God. Sovereign Lord of the Universe. God has been a great God this year. And He’s worth all the thanksgiving you can muster!

Psalm 46. Read it. Slowly and purposefully. What a powerful passage on our God! You might not think of it as a Psalm of Thanksgiving, but it is indeed! Reflect with the Psalmist on all God has done! A very present help in trouble—therefore, we won’t fear! No matter what happens! We won’t worry, we won’t fret about the burned turkey or the unruly relative. Or mountains falling into oceans. Why? Because we have a God. We don’t have lucky stars or a fat man in a chimney to thank. We have a God! That’s why we are to be still…cease striving. And know He is God! He will be exalted among the nations. Let’s make our nation one of those nations this Thanksgiving Day.

Because as Christians, we hold a monopoly on thanksgiving. We’re the only ones Who have Someone to thanks. And that is our Creator God and wonderful, merciful Savior. Happy Thanksgiving.

-Matthew W., SC


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