Thursday, November 22, 2012

The Thanksgiving of Habakkuk

For 389 years the United States of America  has set aside one day to give thanks to God, creator of heaven and earth, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and Giver of His Holy Spirit,  for His gracious sustaining of us all 364 days that preceded.

When the Pilgrims began this tradition it was not meant to be greater than their worship, (as it has become) but an outpouring of their worship a way to express the gratitude and love for our God and a celebration of Him, through our Lord Jesus Christ.  It included food, but much more it included praise and song and dance.  There was family and friends both old and new, but much more there was an  inward love and praise of our Father and through our Lord Jesus Christ that overflowed into the outward celebration. 

This was commanded of us in Ephesians 5:20 (KJV) Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

However sometimes we get it wrong we confuse things and circumstances with the blessing of our Father, and when this happens we don’t see the blessing, we miss the things we should give thanks for. we may even assume we have not been blessed, or have nothing to be thankful for

The trials of this world can weight us down but our Father has has given us instruction for those times. He says when this happens “Count it all joy when we fall into divers temptations”  (James 1:2) Our Father wants us to know that  “In everything ( that we go through we should )Give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus” (1Thess 5:13)   for the perfecting of our soul

One passage from the bible that radiates the mindset of gracious thanksgiving is  even though this man of God seen no way out of his situation he praise God and Gave thanks! The Amplified Bible puts it this way;  The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]!Habakkuk 3:19

I imagine if he was here today He would praise his God, with power, saying
“I’m flat broke and been jobless for over a year, no money in my pocket, no food on my table, and I don’t know how these bills will get paid. I spend all day long at the free clinic, but the pain is only getting worst; my children are on drugs, gay, strung out and my spouse emptied the bank account and left me for a younger man. Yet will I rejoice, even though I’m going through all this, I will rejoice in the Lord, no matter what my circumstance are I will be joyful in God my Savior, regardless of what’s going on in my life. I will continually praise him.

This is the thanksgiving of Habakkuk

Soli Deo Gloria
Your Brother in Christ