Daily Devotional 11-28-19

I Am Thankful For…  
By Rev. Emmanuel Afful

You shall keep it as a feast to the Lord for seven days in the year. It shall be a statute forever in your generations. You shall celebrate it in the seventh month. You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All who are native Israelites shall dwell in booths, that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.’ ”  Leviticus 23:41-43

The Israelites have a festival called the Feast of Tabernacles or Booth or Thanksgiving. God gave them specific instructions about the celebration of this festival. He asked them supposed to build tents or booths made of branches and leaves of specific trees. They were expected to vacate their nicely built houses and stay in the booth for the seven-day period. The booths were temporary inconvenient structures. It predisposed them to bugs, and all kinds of discomforts, especially at night. 

God wanted them to remember their previous condition of life. He instructed them to remember all His mighty deeds: provision of manna, water from Rock (who is Christ), their clothes and sandals not wearing off for forty years, defeats over their enemies, etc. It was a time to remember and be thankful to God. 

Friends, we have an invitation to a place of remembrance. God calls us to go back into our lives and remember all He’s done for us. Remembering God’s deeds in time past positions us to depend on Him. It helps affirms the truth that it took God for us to enjoy what we have right now. Thus, we do not take the credit but ascribe all praises to Him.This is humility. Paul said, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”  Thus, all we have were given by God. And, O, how much He has blessed us!

As you enjoy the company of families, friends, or even by yourself, you can go back deep into your life and remember all that God has done. Count your blessings and be thankful. Above all, let’s be thankful for Christ Jesus, His birth, death, and resurrection.

PRAYER: Help me not to rush this season of thanksgiving, but with gracious pause, enable me to remember and be grateful.  May this cause me to be humble and depend on you.