by Steve Wagers

There's Nothing Bad That Can Be Said
Steve Wagers
Job 1: 21


When the New England colonies were first planted, the early settlers endured many privations, and many difficulties. Being a very pious people, they laid their distresses before God in frequent days of prayer of fasting. Constant thought of their problems kept them discouraged, and discontented, and even made them think of returning to their Fatherland, with all of it's persecutions. When it was proposed again to appoint a day of fasting and prayer, an old-common sensed man rose up saying, "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." He then proposed that in place of their designated day of prayer and fasting, that they put in it's place a day of Thanksgiving. As a result, we now, on the fourth Thursday of every November, commemorate this wonderful day of Thanksgiving. 1

Now, lest you misunderstand me, I am not speaking negatively about Thanksgiving. As a matter of fact, it is one of my favorite times of the year. However, while our focus has been upon food, family, and fellowship, of which there is nothing at all wrong with that; our real focus ought to be upon the Faithfulness of God "who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ."

I believe William Law explained it well, when he said, "Would you know who is the greatest saint in the world? It is not he who prays most or fasts most; it is not he who gives most, or is most eminent for temperance, chastity, or justice. Rather, the greatest saint in the world is one who is always thankful to God, who wills everything that God willeth, who receives ever ...

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