I know most of you will be in the presence of your family today enjoying a good meal. I know most of you have a lot to be thankful for this year. Mindful of all the wonderful blessings which have come your way. No, they are not the same blessings the world enjoys. Nevertheless, they are Spiritual blessings in high places which only the Saints of God enjoy. Blessings of peace which passes understanding. Blessings of joy and happiness to come.
I know many of you are suffering for the cause of Christ and are going through some hard times. Some are having trouble eating. Some are suffering through a terrible disease. Some are suffering financially. Some are being slandered and mocked. Some are being falsely accused. Some are being cast into prison falsely. Even so, remember this my beloved, God will never leave you or forsake you. Not only this, but you are one day closer to rejoicing untold. If for no other reason than this, be thankful. Thankful that the day in which the Lord shall come to give retribution to the wicked, who prosper in your sight as they persecute you, draws near. Thankful for eternity with the Lord in eternal bliss, which is promised to come. Just know this, you don’t suffer alone. All faithful Saints of God are suffering. Be thankful that you are considered worthy to suffer with the Lord’s suffering. It is not because you did wrong that you suffer, but because you are doing that which is right. In this knowledge my brethren, be thankful.
The Creator has graciously given us families who love us and through whom we enjoy many blessings (Prov. 18:22; Psa. 127:3). Parents who provided for us, raised us, and looked out for our interests. Brothers and sisters to enjoy growing up; friends who were always there. Children that bring unimaginable joy and help us see purity. Wives and husbands who commit to loving us, even when we are unlovable; who will stick with us through thick and thin. And even if you be alone, be thankful, for you will never be truly alone, for God is with you. (Heb 13:5)
God gives Christians a spiritual family, the household of faith (Gal. 6:10). These are men and women of like precious faith; people committed to truth and righteousness. These are the called, the chosen and the faithful__of whom the world is not worthy. Fellow saints are there for us in our hour of need. They pray for us and give words of comfort. At times just to see them at the assembly brings a feeling of reassurance that God is with us. May God help us always be thankful for our church family.
Above all these blessings, God gave His only begotten Son (Jn. 3:16). As with other blessings, but especially this one, we do not deserve it (Rom. 5:6-8). Still, God’s grace prompted Him to act on our behalf. Through Jesus we have a pure conscience; guilt is no longer oppressive in our lives. In Him we enjoy stability in the storms of life, understanding that though all may forsake us, our Savior is there (Heb. 6:18, 19; 13:5, 6). Our hearts are filled with hope, hope of a better place and heavenly blessings. In Christ we can live with great joy and meaning, though being tested by fire. Let us never forget to be thankful for our Lord and for God who counted us worthy to be called the Servants of the Most High.
Happy Thanksgiving Day my fellow brethren and soldiers of the Lord. May God bless you, comfort you, and keep you come what may. I am thankful just to be known of you and hopeful for the day when I shall be in your presence and above all the presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I love you one and all.