Thanksgiving Devotion Nov 22
Written by: Treva Kigar
Scripture: Psalm 100
As Thanksgiving approaches, our thoughts often turn to the people and physical blessings for which we are thankful. We thank God for our family and friends, a place to call home, food on the table, warm blankets on chilly nights and good health. How often, however, do we give thanks to God for God himself? We worship and serve a God who desires a personal relationship with each of us. He comes to us as God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, and in Him we live and move and have our being. (Acts 17:28a)
God the Father: From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible tells of God’s great love for humankind. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. (Revelation 22:13) The God who created the earth and everything in it is the same God who will reign victoriously when earth as we know it no longer remains. God the Father is our Creator, Protector, Defender, Provider, Sustainer, Refuge and Great Physician. Our God is all powerful, all knowing, always present and unchanging.
God the Son: Jesus is the name that is above every name and at which every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. (Philippians 2:9-11) God himself came to earth to live among us as fully human and fully divine, to die a horrific death on the cross for our sins and to rise on the third day breaking the chains of sin and death. Because Jesus triumphed over the grave, we can live victoriously. He is our Shepherd, Teacher, Redeemer and Savior. By studying Jesus’ life, both His words and deeds, we learn what it means to be holy and to live lives of humble service.
God the Holy Spirit: After Jesus’ ascension into heaven, God sent the Holy Spirit to the believers in a new and powerful way. The One Jesus promised to His disciples came to be with us and in us forever. He is the Spirit of Truth, our Advocate and the One who empowers us. The Holy Spirit also helps us in our weakness, and, when we don’t know what to pray for, the Holy Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. (Romans 8:26)
The gifts and blessings we receive from God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are many. On a daily basis we experience God’s faithfulness, presence, love, joy, peace, mercy, grace, forgiveness, comfort, rest, hope, wisdom and encouragement. God gives us life, talents to use for His glory, a purpose to fulfill and the promise of Eternal Life. On Thanksgiving and every day of the year, we have much for which to be thankful. Let’s start by being thankful to God for the gift of himself because Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come. (Revelation 4:8b)
Prayer: Good and Gracious God, thank you for giving yourself to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Our hearts overflow with gratitude for the way you bind yourself to us with love even when we are unlovable and for the way you remain faithful even when we stray. Thank you, O Lord, for all the gifts that come to us through the Holy Trinity. Help us to remember the blessings you pour out on us each day and be grateful for them. May we always enter your gates with thanksgiving and your courts with praise giving thanks to you and praising your name. In the holy name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.