You Don't Need a Turkey to Have Thanksgiving by Steve Wagers

You Don't Need a Turkey to Have Thanksgiving!
Steve N. Wagers
Job 1:21
November 21, 2004

Sermon Outline
1. The Person of God Job Addresses!
A. A God who is Righteous!
B. A God who is Revered!
2. The Providence of God Job Accepts!
A. God's Dealings in His Life!
B. God's Decisions for His Life!
3. The Praise of God Job Ascribes!
A. A Name that has been Proven!
B. A Need that has been Provided!

1. When the New England colonies were first planted, the early settlers endured many privations and difficulties. Being a very pious people, they often laid their distresses before the Lord in frequent days of prayer and fasting. Constant thought of their problems kept them discouraged, and discontented, and even made them think of returning to their Fatherland, with all of its persecutions.

2. Thus, when it was proposed to appoint another day of prayer and fasting, one of the settlers spoke up and said:
"I think that we have brooded long enough over our difficulties, and it is high time that we consider how good God has been to us. After all, the colony is growing strong, the fields are increasing in harvest, the rivers are stocked with fish; and, above all, our wives and children are healthy, and we now possess that which we have come to this land for, full religious and civil liberty."

3. He then proposed that in place of the day of prayer, they put in its place a day of Thanksgiving. As a result, in 1621, the Pilgrims observed the first Thanksgiving day. Lincoln acknowledged it nationally in 1863; and, in 1941, Congress passed into law that the 4th Thursday of each November be officially recognized as Thanksgiving Day.

4. This coming Thursday we will enjoy a time of food, family and fellowship; however, we should never forget the faithfulness of a God who has "blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ." (C. p. Eph. 1: 3) I love the words of William Law:

"Would you know who is the greatest saint in ...

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