"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." --Matthew 6:19-21.
"Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!" --2 Corinthians 9:15.
It's a privilege to circle around a table filled with hours of work, ready to be consumed with the aroma of it all filling the room. There are countless people that are not given the opportunity to do this every year simply because they cannot afford it. There are other people who would rather have teeth pulled than spend time with family more than they have to. In some circumstances, bringing family together means an overabundance of tension that can be cut with the knife that is meant for the turkey. It's difficult to see what we're thankful for when negativity is radiating from the supposed source of love we have in our lives.
I experienced this Thanksgiving with a symphony of sighs fighting to raise some red flags on Ford Field* in Detroit, Michigan, but none prevailed. Once I got home and did my devotions, the first half of Hebrews 9 stuck out to me. In the first ten verses, you will find that the author is reviewing the old covenant: the Old Testament stuff that we can't really apply to our lives because what happened then is so different compared to today's society. Reading further, though (vv. 11-15), the perfect sacrifice is set on the altar: the precious Lamb, Jesus, with the blood that he shed, has saved us from any eternal punishment we deserve. Our atonement is no longer found in sacrificing young cattle at the altar: we believe that Christ, the living Son of God, has saved us from HELL.
THAT, my friends, is something to be thankful for!
Thanksgiving day might not be the best day ever this year, but we're promised THE best day ever at the Heavenly Gates. Rather than looking around today, look up to tomorrow, and be encouraged! Jesus Christ has already won the war! He has overcome the world!
Happy Thanksgiving...? Indeed! Happy Thanksgiving! :)
*In case you're wondering, the Detroit Lions did beat the Green Bay Packers 40-10.