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When a Mature Believer Gives Thanks (11 of 11)
Series: What's In It For Me?
I want you to turn to Job chapter 1. Most of us know the story of Job. He lost everything he had. He had everything and then he lost everything and this is a verse when Job is faced with this terrible trial of having lost everything. This is his response as he tries to evaluate what has happened to him and possibly why it has happened to him. In Job chapter 1 verse 20, as he receives the final word that he has lost not only his possessions; not only his camels, oxen, sheep, crops, barns, but now he has also lost his sons and daughters and their families. His children and grandchildren have died.
Job 1:20-22 "And Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. And he said: 'Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return there.' The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord."
When the New England colonies were first planted, as you know from history, the settlers faced many hardships, may depravations as they sought to carve out into the wilderness a community where they could worship God according to the dictates of their own conscience. Many times they would face such difficulties that they were tempted even to give up and go back home to the motherland. But it seemed that God would see them through. It seemed that when these times came every year they set aside a time for fasting and prayer that the Lord would sustain them through the hard winter. But there came a time when someone rose up and said, you know, God has been good to us, we have crops that have made a good harvest, our families are blessed with good health, we are making tremendous progress here in the new land, we are now worshipping God in freedom, we have established a church here in this new land. God has been so good. This year instead of calling for a time of fasting and prayer, why don't we have a time of praise and thanksgiving for what God has done in this new world. And so they did and the first Thanksgiving began and they set aside the fourth Thursday of every November and henceforth it has been the custom here in this land to set aside such a day for praise and thanksgiving here to God. You may be very fortunate and blessed at this time in your life and you may be looking forward to a very "Norman Rockwell type Thanksgiving" with all of your family around you and everybody is in good health and you have everything you could possibly want or need and what a blessing that is. Or you may be like Job, you may be facing a time in your life that you are going through trials; you are going through struggles; you may have just gone through a time of loss; you may be sitting down at a Thanksgiving table at which there is an empty seat, someone who was there last year is not there this year; you may be going through a time when you have received a health report tha ...
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