Stop, take a moment to catch your breath and breathe. It is now November, and you have made it (successfully) through TEN months of this year. When did that happen?! Time flies for me and something tells me it does for you too. Now, as quickly as society seems to wish Christmas upon us... even in July, let’s stop to take a moment to embrace the first week of November and all the thanks that comes with this month. Now that Halloween has ended, society tends to sort of jump straight to Christmas, I’m sure you’ve noticed, but let’s try not to do that and maybe but a little extra emphasis on this November than you normally would. So, let’s stop and give thanks to start this month off right.
What better way to stop and give thanks than to take a look at the scripture 1 Chronicles 16:34 that states “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His faithful love endures forever.”
James R. Looby of LifeWay.com expresses himself through this scripture...
“In 1 Chronicles 16:34-36, we find David’s psalm of thanks. This song tells us that we are to give thanks for thanksgiving.
Why should we give thanks? Simply because we are God’s creation, we should do nothing else and nothing less.
The central response of God’s people is to give thanks through prayer, worship, and daily giving.
Thanksgiving, just like about every other religious holiday, has been commercialized, secularized and watered-down by segments of society that have little or no concern for the real meaning of the holidays.
Isn’t it interesting that what used to be “holy days” have become “holidays”?
Feasting and football sells well in secular world order, but are a far cry from the biblical intention of focusing on God as a recipient of our thanks.
David helps us understand and recover the meaning of Thanksgiving by focusing our attention on the true purpose of the day- to remember and rejoice in the goodness and love of God.”
I couldn’t have said it any better myself. We must never forget that, especially around the holidays when other things are fighting for our time and attention that we should take time to give thanks to our Creator for life, love, and the joy we get to experience each and every day.
And remember to be good, to love everyone, and Live Scripture Strong.