2 Timothy 3:1-5 “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
On this day, we in America and Canada celebrate a day called Thanksgiving. A day we set aside to reenact the day when the pilgrims who discovered our country gave thanks to God for seeing them through the challenging and perilous times of living in a new world.
We set aside this day to be with family, eat, and give thanks.
But, I am starkly reminded that we can sadly give examples of each of the adjectives God uses to describe us in these last days.
Lovers of our own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, and then amidst all these – unthankful.
To be without thanks is the road to unhappiness.
For every child of God reading this today, may it not be said that we are ungrateful or unthankful. No matter where you and I live, no matter the situation or circumstances, we may find ourselves, as children of God, we have MUCH to be thankful for!
Our enemy was the first to be unthankful. Lucifer allowed pride to blind him of the position and power given him to serve the Father. He was made the most beautiful of all the angels. He was to oversee all the music and worship. His heart began to be lifted up, wanting the glory that only God deserved.
Satan slyly and subtly tries to get us to think we deserve more than what we have been given. We must always remember:
James 1:17-18 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.”
Having a thankful and grateful heart does not just happen.
I just want to say today that I am thankful and grateful for the opportunity of allowing me to encourage each and every one of you. I pray that these musings from my personal devotions are a blessing. Whether or not you celebrate the day as a holiday, may it be filled with thoughts of God’s blessings, provision, protection, promise, and power.