It is a joy to have you visit today and I am very thankful.
Prayerful too that you will find the words here to be encouraging and inspiring as you continue seeking Jesus – your Friend and mine.
Our Scripture Focus is from the beautiful book of Psalm
Chapter 100 verses 1 through 5—
A Psalm of Thanksgiving.
“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all you lands!
2 Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
3 Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
5 For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.”
It is awesome that we have Someone to thank and a long list of things to thank Him for.
Even so – I read recently of one thing that really stifles thanksgiving.
It is the spirit of greed–the greed of doing, being and having.
The enemy wants to tempt us to do more than our Father means for us to do. The temptation comes to us in these days of frantic doing. We are ceaselessly summoned by the world to activities: social, political, educational, athletic, and yes spiritual. The world’s list is long and if we fall for it – we neglect the short list which includes things that are really important and have the promise of divine help.
Things such as sitting in silence with the Father in order to hear His word and obey it in the ordinary course of our day —for example, in being a good husband, wife, father, mother, son, daughter, or spiritual father or mother to those nearby who need protection and care—humble work which is NEVER on the world’s list because it is not easily added to one’s resume.
Temptation comes also in the form of being. A good example is the snake in the garden who struck at Eve with the promise of being something which had not been given. If she would only eat the fruit forbidden to her, she could “improve her lifestyle” and become like God. As we know – she did eat of the forbidden fruit in disobedience to God and here we are.
Friend, I am sure you agree that no new temptation ever comes to any of us. The enemy needs no new tricks because the old ones still work very well, although sometimes under different guises.
Some say when there is a deep restlessness for which we find no explanation, it may be due to the greed of being—what our loving Father never meant us to be. Peace lies in the trusting acceptance of His design, His gifts, His appointment of place, position, capacity. It was the same when the Son of Man came to earth— He embraced all that the Father willed Him to be, usurping nothing—no work, not even a word—that the Father had not given Him.
Then last — there is the greed of having. One example is with the Israelites and the manna they received in the wilderness — God gave them exactly what they needed each day. It was always enough, always fresh, always good but they were not satisfied and began to wail and complain.
We too are often dissatified consumers —with no end to our spending, getting and having—dead set on competing, upgrading, and showing off. We are it seems simply not able to be content with what God gives us. Instead, we wail and complain like the Israelites and pass this poor behavior on to our children.
When will it end?
Let us bow our heads together and pray to the only One who can help us —
“Lord, we give You thanks for all that You in Your mercy have given us to be and to do and to have. Deliver us, Lord, from all greed to be and to do and to have anything not in accord with Your holy purposes. Teach us Father to rest quietly in Your promise to supply, recognizing that if we don’t have it we don’t need it. Teach us to desire Your will—nothing more, nothing less, and nothing else. In Jesus’ Name we pray.”