It’s the eve of Thanksgiving dayy, and I can smell Christmas right beside it (and it smells gooood)!
I was talking with a friend recently and she said “I don’t know how Thanksgiving is in the U.S, but for me thanksgiving is all about thanking God.” Her statement made me smile inside because I was thinking “As a christian what else will thanksgiving be about?” But then I thought about it more, and it occurred to me that a lot of us, myself included, have forgotten what the heart of Thanksgiving is all about.
We hear Thanksgiving, and by default we think a break from the Fall semester, black Fridayyy yas, foood, i’m talking beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes, lamb, rams… you name ittttt! We think of all these before we even think of the real meaning of Thanksgiving. All of these stuff I mentioned are great, trust me I’m here for goodies like that. But the heart of Thanksgiving is ‘giving thanks.’ Whether you believe in God or not, the heart of thanksgiving is the same. So what are you thankful for?
Acts 12:21-23 (NIV)
21 On the appointed day Herod, wearing his royal robes, sat on his throne and delivered a public address to the people. 22 They shouted, “This is the voice of a god, not of a man.” 23 Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died.
In the text above, Herod had just delivered a reallyyy good speech to his people, and they started hailing him. Rather than Herod saying “Oh shucks, Stahhpp. It really wasn’t me, it was all God..” He took the glory for himself.
Before we continue, we have to remember God is not proud. 1 Cor 13 vs 4, but He is just. Jesus said render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s. Matthew 22:21.
In Herod’s story, the praise belonged to God, and Herod failed to acknowledge that. Because of that, the angel of the Lord struck him.
The word ‘Immediately” in verse 23 stuck out to me. It made me wonder, how many times I had taken the glory meant for God for myself?
And then vs 24 was very amusing,
“But the word of God continued to spread and flourish.”
Like i don’t know, but you would think after worms had just feasted on a dead king’s body, the bible would comment on it.
Nope, Herod died and life went on. Herod didn’t give praise to God, it resulted in something terrible on Herod’s side, but in God’s kingdom, songs were still being sung, trumpets were still being blown, I mean the parry was still in full action, because God’s word was thrivinggg!
This passage makes me realize that at the end of the day, us giving glory to God is for us. It doesn’t take anything from God as King if we do not to give Him thanks and praise, but it does hurt us a lot.
Thanksgiving is a time we actively recall that our successes are a 100% God and 0% us. He is the one working in us and through us to achieve great things, how about we start giving to God what is God’s? Let us go back to the heart of thanksgiving.
It’s like the song by Matt Redman:
“I’m coming back to the heart of worship, where it’s all about you Jesus. I’m sorry Lord for the thing I’ve made it, when it’s all about you, it’s all about you Jesus.”
Happy Thanksgiving mis amores! ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
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