Today's Devotional Thought
November 27, 2013 by Rachel Piferi
Do Not Forget the Lord
If your home is like my home, you have spent the last few days preparing to celebrate Thanksgiving. If you are hosting the meal at your house, then you have been busy preparing for a house filled with loved ones. If you are traveling to a loved ones house, then you have likely spent the last few days finishing up work and packing and getting ready to travel. And many of you are likely traveling today or tomorrow.
In the last few years, I have tried to slow the preparations down a bit and really start focusing on the purpose of this holiday on the day before Thanksgiving. I try to settle a bit from the preparations and really start to prepare my heart for the purpose of tomorrow's holiday. I try to find some purposeful quiet time (aside from my normal quiet time) to list all that I can think of that I am thankful for. And in this time with the Lord, I am truly overcome by how much he has provided.
My prayer every year for myself and for all of you is that I will not forget the true reason for this holiday. Please don't leave the sentiments of Thanksgiving too far behind the preparations and busyness that a holiday can be. Sometimes I think that Satan tries to make holidays bigger and bigger in effort so that we miss the true purpose of them. He knows that it isn't going anywhere, so he can at least distort it and busy us with food and shopping and family and friends.
Satan would love for you to forget the Lord as you focus on everything else.
As it says in Deuteronomy 8, be careful that you do not forget the Lord, your God, now that you are preparing. And once you have eaten and are satisfied tomorrow, continue to offer Thanksgiving to the Lord each day. And, continue to tell those around you of the things that you are thankful for. It is very important that we continue to remember the origin of the blessings in our lives and to continue giving praise to God for those blessings. And, one of the greatest things that we have to be thankful for is that Jesus came to earth to save us. And, may we remember that gift during this Thanksgiving season and continue to offer thanksgiving for that gift and all the other blessings in our lives all the days of our lives.
Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to pay specific attention to the things in our life that we are thankful for. As we prepare for this day and then as we speed on towards Christmas once this day is past, please combine the sentiments of Thanksgiving with the gift of Christmas. Offer continued Thanksgiving to the Lord for everything that He has given to you, most specifically, his Son. Do not forget the Lord, your God and all of the blessings he has bestowed upon you during this season. And, as it says in I Thessalonians 5:16-18, "Always be joyful, never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances for this is Godís will for you who belong to Christ Jesus."