Thanksgiving is next week and I will be sharing some tidbits and thoughts in conjunction with that but today, a hint of something that has an element of Thanksgiving theme in it.

James 1:17 says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father.”

That is a great verse and so very true. You know in our world so many do not think that any good thing comes their way. Then there are those who think that everything they have, they have either earned or gotten by their own means. But I want to tell you that the verse I just mentioned hits right on the head. God is the source for every good thing that comes our way. And when we are humble and smart enough, not in a worldly way, to know that, we will be a lot happier and fulfilled. We need, in a nutshell, to be very grateful for what we have. Sometimes it may not seem like much and at any particular moment it may seem vastly insufficient. But God promises to give us our needs, not always our wants, but our needs. And if you really sat down and wrote down all the ways God has blessed you, you would need a scroll as big as the sky. All of us need to be grateful for what God has given us. I know it can be tough to see that sometimes under certain circumstances. I know that firsthand. Yet, God always deserves our praise. He has given us so much. If it were not because of His goodness, we would have zilch. Deuteronomy 8:18 says, “Remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to preserve wealth.” I could get more specific on that but even that verse indicates that He is the source of everything we have.

Proverbs 11:28 says, “He who trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish.” In other words, what matters is not how much we have, but who you have and how obedient you are to Him and with what He has entrusted to you. You can be poor according to the world’s standards but wealthy according to your faithfulness to Him.

As I said, Thanksgiving is not till next week, but today I wanted to set the stage to that column by reminding all of us that no matter what you have, praise God for His provision. And remember what Psalm 34:10 says, “They who seek the Lord shall not be in want of any good thing.” We have a wonderful God and I hope you know Him personally and His Son, part of the Trinity, Jesus as your Savior and Lord. It all begins with Him. We cannot ever praise God enough for all He has given us. But why don’t you make a daily habit of endeavoring to take note of it by praising Him for all He does for you.

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