Thanksgiving has now come & gone. But it seems that God just will not let go of the thought of “thanksgiving” with me. Over this past week, between Thanksgiving Day & a book that I am reading, I am learning that there is more to “thanksgiving” than I ever realized. I have even begun to wonder if we perceive ourselves as being thankful when truly we do not measure up to the thankful spirit that God desires for us to have.
This morning I read from my devotional, “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young & I am going to share her thoughts…..
This is the day that I have made! As you rejoice in this day of life, it will yield up to you precious gifts & beneficial training. Walk with Me along the high road of thanksgiving and you will find all the delights I have made ready for you.
To protect your thankfulness, you must remember that you reside in a fallen world, where blessings & sorrow intermingle freely. A constant focus on adversity defeats many Christians. They walk through a day that is brimming with beauty & brightness, seeing only the grayness of their thoughts. Neglecting the practice of giving thanks has darkened their minds. How precious are My children who remember to thank Me at all times. They can walk through the darkest days with Joy in their hearts because they know that the Light of My Presence is still shining on them. Rejoice in this day that I have made, for I am your steadfast Companion.
OK, may we catch Who made the day! Seriously. At times, we think more of the circumstances facing us in a particular day than of the Creator of the day.
“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24 NIV).
He made the day. He brought it about. He designed it. He knows all about it. Nothing that will take place in this day will take Him by surprise. May we not miss what He has for us in THIS day.
Now I am not saying that a day may not be hard or difficult. It may. We are yet instructed what to do on days like that.
“I will offer you a sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the LORD.” (Psalm 116:17 NLT).
He knows it is a sacrifice during those hard times to find reasons to give thanks. He knows. We offer that sacrifice & CALL on Him. We do not want to miss any of the delights that He has prepared for us. We do not want to miss the beneficial training that today holds for us. May we not see “only the grayness of our thoughts” (as the author puts it above) but remember to “gaze upon the beauty of the Lord” (Psalm 27:4b).
Today, remember to say, “This Is The Day That The Lord Has Made!”