Well, it is November all ready and most folks take the time to ponder the things to be thankful for. Something that we should be doing all year long. Why? Because the Lord told us to be thankful.
In Psalm 100:4 we are told “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name”.
In Romans 1:21 we are told “because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened”.
In Colossians 3:15 we are told “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body, and be thankful.
I understand that with all that is going on in this world it is very difficult to be thankful. We hear, read and see so much evil being done on this earth that we can get frustrated. That is when we need to look up and focus on our Lord. Nothing is going on that has not been told to us in His Word. In Ephesians 5:13-16 we read:
13 But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.
14 Therefore He says:
“Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light.”
15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise,
16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
I love the verse that says “And Christ will give you light”. It causes me to think about the time that I was not following the Lord and did not see the evil around me nor the evil that I was doing. But now I see. Because of Jesus Christ I see that evil and know that He has forgiven me and caused me to love Him so much that I want others to see the light!
So, that is my prayer that we would know that our sins have been forgiven and that we are called to show others the light. To truly be thankful for our Lord and for the privilege to serve Him!!!!
Please remember that today is the first day of the rest of your life. What are you going to do with it?