My FAVORITE holiday!!!!
No presents. Lots of family. And the best food EVER!
enough to leave everything they knew, everything that was safe, and everything that was secure, in order to follow God and serve Him according to their convictions.
But possibly my favorite thing about my favorite-est of holidays is the emphasis: thankfulness.
Because if we don't REMEMBER to be thankful people, we quickly devolve into becoming complainers, and comparers, and unsatisfied, unhappy wanters of something more.
Which must be why God repeatedly tells us so often to REMEMBER:
-God tells the Israelites, as they wander through the dessert and begin to complain, to remember how God did miraculous things for them with Pharaoh. (Ps. 106:7)
-He set up the rainbow as a constant visual reminder of His faithfulness. (Gen 9:16)
-God calls us to remember that His promises are generational and eternal (I Ch 16:15)
And those are just a few examples.
The Word REMINDS us:
-Recall the miraculous deeds He performed, His mighty acts and the judgments He decreed. (Ps 105:5)
We HAVE to be reminded to remember. Because we so easily forget.
We forget what all God has done to us already. We forget how He has protected. We forget how He has provided. We forget how He has led. We forget how He has loved.
And if we forget.....we can NEVER be thankful! For it is in the remembering and recalling and recognizing and reminiscing and recollecting that we can begin to scratch the surface of the magnitude of all that God has done for us. And once that magnitude dawns upon us, we have no choice but to sing forth the praises to the One Who deserves that praise more than anything.
So take a minute and REMEMBER.
Remember that God is good and that His love endures for generations. (s 136:1,2)
Remember that He has engraved you in the palm of His hand. (Is 49:14,16)
Remember that He has protected you from your enemies. (Ps 121:7)
Remember that He will never leave you nor forsake you. (Deut. 31:6)
Remember. And then BE THANKFUL! Give Thanks! Over and over again.
I will remember the works of the Lord. Yes, I will remember the amazing things you did long ago!