Remember when you were at the dinner table last year? Sitting around with family, friends perhaps and maybe you thought, “wow, we’ll have to wait till next year for the holidays again to be together?” But here they are again. The Lord has blessed each and everyone of you with another year of life. Perhaps it has been a year of ups and downs. It could be that it was one of the most unsuccessful years for you in a while. Maybe you saw God’s hand working in you in a powerful way! Whatever the circumstances, you’re alive and well this day. There’s an interesting story in the Bible of a man named Job. You may have heard of this man before. Well, he was a multimillionaire kind of guy but what happened to him is perhaps the worst series of unfortunate events. In a short span of time, he basically lost EVERYTHING! He lost his wealth, he had a horrible skin disease, he lost his children, his wife turned on him, his friends thought he had done something to deserve this but that just wasn’t the case.
The remarkable thing about this story is what we find in the first chapter of the book of Job. Job said, “I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The LORD gave me what I had, and the LORD has taken it away. Praise the name of the LORD!” (Job 1:21). Seriously? He lost everything and that’s what he says? WOW. As far as I see, I haven’t endured anything remotely similar to what this man went through! And I thank God for that.
So, there is also one important thing to meditate upon on this Thanksgiving day: things come and go, faster than you expect, but God remains forever. So be thankful for what you have today because it may not be there tomorrow! And remember to thank God for the ultimate gift of His Son who came to die on the cross for you and me, through Whom we can obtain eternal life! Now that’s something to be thankful for everyday.
-Josue Hernandez, Happy Thanksgiving. 🙂