The Pilgrims held the first Thanksgiving feast as a way to celebrate God’s provision and sustenance of their lives in the new world. They had experienced many trials and griefs in their new adventure – food & shelter had been scarce, loved ones had been lost, and everyday life had been very difficult as they simply tried to survive and build a new life in a strange, new land. God was with them through it all – leading them, guiding them, and providing for them.
He does the same for us today. We still have trials and difficulties – sometimes to the degree that the Pilgrims had – sometimes just the everyday struggles that are just a part of life. He is there for us as He was there for them – leading, guiding and providing.
Truly we are thankful for our homes and families, food to eat and clothes to wear. It is good to be reminded at Thanksgiving time to thank the Lord for these things, because, truth be known, we tend to take them all for granted, am I right? I know I do.
God has provided us with so many blessings! He has given us life, food, and a beautiful world to live in. He has allowed us to enjoy this world by giving us eyes to see and ears to hear, as well as all of our other senses. He has provided us with homes to shelter us and clothing to warm us.
God has also provided us with people to love and to love us – our families and friends. They enrich our lives and encourage and challenge us. It is good to have others walking with us on this incredible journey of life.
These are the obvious provisions that God has given us, that we tend to think of at this time of year. However, have you considered some of the other things that God provides, but that we don’t tend to think about? Do we realize that every breath we take is a gift of God? How about our ability to think and feel emotions? He provides us with creativity – so that we can bless others around us and so be an instrument for His love. One thing that I many times forget to thank God for is for all of the bad things that could have happened, but didn’t – we don’t thank Him for this, because we aren’t aware of them. But He is in control of everything, and works our lives out to His glory – I am so thankful for this!
By far, God’s greatest provision in our lives is in the gift of His Son, Who was sent to this earth to die for our sins, and thus remove the wall of separation between us and God -
“But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in His blood.” – Romans 3: 21-25
“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5: 8
I am thankful for this provision from God more than for anything else!
At this special time of Thanksgiving, let us remember all that God has provided for us, but especially this greatest of all provisions!