In Chapel this year, we have been talking and learning about God’s promises for us: promises to save us, love us, and always be with us. Promises to protect us, not to harm us, to forgive us and to be slow to anger. Promises that were fulfilled in Jesus Christ and are given to us now for all eternity. These are beautiful promises that are made for us.
Think about that for a second, people… God the Creator of the world has promised us– men, women, and children–great beautiful things. Wow!
What are we to do with that thought? What are we to say to God for these promises? Thank you!!! Psalms 9:1 says exactly what we are to say and why… “I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.”
Next week is one of my favorite weeks, Thanksgiving week! We get to eat turkey and all the fixings. My favorite is the mashed potatoes with my dad’s homemade gravy—and pies as far as the eyes can see! My favorite pie is my wife’s buttermilk pie! And when we finish all that good food, we get to watch the Cowboys play. What a great day!
But all these wonderful things are second to what we are to really do on Thanksgiving Day. We are to give thanks! My family attends church the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving just to give thanks for what God has done in our life for the year. We are to be grateful for all we have and all we are blessed with. But, do you know what we can also give thanks for? The promises of God!
And when we do give thanks, let’s give thanks with all our hearts. Let us remember the promises we have been given by God and thank Him for them. Let us change our lives to remember those promises every day and give thanks not just on Thanksgiving Day, but on every day and live in a state of gratitude for what God has done for us because He has done great things! He has given us great promises!
This verse also says, “I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.” So next week you have some homework… tell your family and friends of the promises of God for us and for them. Tell them of the wonderful promises of salvation and love, forgiveness and protection. Tell them about the plans for good and not for harm.
During the Thanksgiving holiday, let us all give thanks for the wonderful promises of God!