Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.
(Psalms 95:1-2 (NIV))

Thanksgiving is upon us. When you sit down to dinner, who or what will you give thanks to?

I recently was given the words to a proclamation that George Washington made in 1789. For those who are trying to change the history of this country, let them know the words of our first President. “Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor”

All throughout our history, our leaders have known that we are to be grateful to God for the blessings that He has bestowed upon us. Those blessings have not been bestowed because we are a nation of might and power. Those blessings were bestowed upon us because we sought to do His will in our affairs, both public and private. We could be thankful because we had been blessed because we made a decision to follow God.

Our Thanksgiving holiday was founded to put a formal, governmental proclamation together that stated that we officially give God thanks for our blessings. Today, too many people wish to change history. They wish to erase all evidence of God from our nation. Will God continue to bless us if we allow this to happen? God blesses those who acknowledge where the blessings come from. If we remove God, who will the blessings come from? The blessings will probably stop coming.

This Thanksgiving, don’t be afraid to be truly thankful to the one to whom all praise is due. Thank God for His bounty. Thank God for His grace. Thank God for His mercy! Pray for His bounty to return. Pray for His grace to return to our nation. Pray for His mercy to return to our cities!

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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