As you gather around your Thanksgiving table today, let praise and thanks lead your discussion. David expressed it this way in Psalm 107:21-22 : Let them praise the Lord for his great love
and for the wonderful things he has done for them.
22 Let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving
and sing joyfully about his glorious acts.
What praises do you have for the Lord today? Can you tell of things He has done for you this year? As you tell your family, offer your words in thanksgiving to God for His gracious provision, help, love, care and guidance. All we have we owe to Him as He is the provider of all things. If things look dark today, place your hope and trust in Him remembering His promise in Jeremiah 29:11, “ For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” God is good and has good things planned for you just as He promised.
Have a day filled with thanksgiving and praise!
Because Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead, I have access to God’s wisdom. In James 1:5 we learn that though Christ we have the ability to ask God for wisdom. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him through a decision or circumstance], he is to ask of [our benevolent] God, who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him.” James makes it known that God gives wisdom to help us in our daily decisions and won’t put us down in any way for asking. James also assures us that God generously wants to give us wisdom for living. We can trust that all God’s advice is good. Nahum 1:7 assures us of God’s goodness and Jeremiah 29:11 reminds us that all God’s plans and purposes for us are good. Therefore, we can be assured that good advice always comes from Him. Nahum 1:7 “The LORD is good a refuge in times of trouble, He cares for those who trust in Him.” Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” God is good; it is an integral part of His character. We can trust Him and know that He will not give us bad advice or lead us in the wrong way. I don’t know about you, but it comforts me to know that God is willing to share His wisdom with me and guide me.
How do I get godly wisdom? Proverbs 1:7 tells us “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Having the right heart attitude that shows reverence for God and His great wisdom is the place to start. Then look into God’s Word, spend time in prayer fellowshiping with Him allowing God the opportunity to lead you in His way. If we are diligent and patient, God will reveal His perfect will to us. God tells us “We do not have because we do not ask. We do not receive because we ask with wrong motives.” James 4:2b-3 Prayer that is honest, sincere and heartfelt is required. One other thought, the Lord promises to give us wisdom generously. We won’t get just a little bit of wisdom but enough to do what God has for us to do!
Suggestion: Think of a problem that is coming up this week, a relationship that needs work, or a task that needs to be accomplished. Pray and seek God’s wisdom in how to specifically proceed. Then wait and be amazed at the results.