�Therefore I will look unto the Lord; I will wait for the God of
�of my salvation; My God will hear me.�
Micah 7:7 KJV
Jesus said, �Ask ,and it shall be given you; seek and you shall
find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For everyone that asks receives;
and he that seeks finds, and to him who knocks the door is open.�
The Divine guarantee is what amazes me. There are
those who gripe and complain-�O yeah, I asked and He didn�t answer me!�
said, 11 �For I know the plans I have for you,� declares the
LORD, �plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and
a future. 12 Then you
will call upon me and come and pray to me, and
I will listen to you. 13 You
will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.�
Jeremiah 29:11-13 NIV
We live in
the day of the �quid pro quo� mentality. The idea of sacrifice is scorned
unless, of course, I can get rewarded for it. Even in many Christian churches
giving is done to get back. What have I to be thankful for? You have no idea
what I am going through. Not to minimize your pain, but I suggest you take an
evening and go to the children�s cancer ward at your local hospital.
point is if you change your perspective a bit the pity vanishes. This
was Jesus� way of making a point.
As he looked up, Jesus saw the rich putting their gifts into the
temple treasury. 2 He
also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. 3
�I tell you the truth,� he said, �this poor widow has put in more
than all the others. 4 All
these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty
put in all she had to live on.�
This does not remove our burden but it does put it in
perspective. The essence of thanksgiving is being poor in spirit. We deserve
nothing. We are not entitled. We are spiritually bankrupt beggars on the road
to torment if not for the grace of God. I am thankful that I can be thankful.
what do I have to be thankful for?
to change the things that have brought unhappiness.
that even the worst that befalls us is allowed by God and remember his
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those
love Him, who have been called according to His purpose
Romans 8:2 NIV
Just as you received Christ Jesus the
Lord, so go on living in Him-in simple faith. Grow out of him as a plant grows
out of the soil it is planted in, becoming more and more sure of the faith as
you were taught it, and your lives will overflow with joy and thankfulness.
PHILLIPS 8 NIV
we accept the sovereignty of God we can rest easier. Still we will need to be
reminded from time to time to �lean on Jesus.� We need to acknowledge that
in this world we will have tribulation.
Ask for the wisdom to know what stresses you can change by simply saying �no�.
It may bring on a brief tirade but in the end it will dissipate. Better
that than resentfully playing the �we always do it this way game� .Unless
the gospel is at stake, why participate at an event that does not glorify
Jesus? I know this will take a lot of courage but consider the facts. God
wants us to honor these days for his Glory. Do not be coerced into any
situation that compromises it.
families get together over the holidays because it has always been done. If
you find Jesus isn�t welcomed, why go? If your love for Christ is silenced,
I doubt you are �witnessing� by being lovingly compliant.
get me wrong! It is wonderful when families get together in true love. I am
not talking about that. You simply do not have to participate in an abusive,
condescending atmosphere. If you really think your presence can be a witness,
then by all means, put on the whole armor and go.
Whatever you do prepare and enjoy the holydays in Christ.