I have noticed many homes in my neighborhood already have their Christmas lights up, since October. Some joke that they are ready for this year to be over. Pretty soon, I expect to hear fireworks for the New Year. “Just wrap all our celebrations up in one and get 2020 over with”. I think some are only half-joking when saying this.
Thanksgiving is next Thursday, however, for many of us this year, we might be facing a totally different environment for the holidays.
When I meditate on His faithfulness in the face of everything, gratitude manifests in my heart in light of who He is. This year there will be more room at the table, so I thought of placing a setting for Him so that I will remember His faithfulness first.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Pioneer and Perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2)
We may not always be sure on ‘how’ to accomplish something or the ending, but we are certain of ‘Who’ we trust, knows all that.
He is faithful.
Like with Moses, God’s servant, when he encountered the Red Sea, the Egyptians were chasing him and all of God’s people, Moses was probably like “I got nothing, Adonai, this is all You.” Then, Moses stood his ground and did what God told him to do and the sea parted. Not only that, God covered up all their enemies who were chasing them, drowning them in the sea. Enemies are not always people, since it is powers and principalities. It may be fears, addictions, unhealed self-talk, anything that keeps you from the full confidence of our God being FOR you and NOT against you. Like Abraham, we desire to cooperate with God, and, sometimes, we interpret our circumstances under the pressure of time.
So let’s take our time through this season, instead of wishing it to be over. Linger at the table and enjoy those whom you have the privilege to share the day with. Share and listen to the stories that God has given you and those around you. Be present with Him at your feast and indulge in His faithfulness. “ Know therefore that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments; (Deut. 7:9 NASB)
Seek Him and be thankful that He is faithful, Invite Him to your table, and receive Him as the bread of your life.
Blessings for you day,
James 2:23 NIV
23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says,
“Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,”
and he was called God’s friend.