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Happiest of Thanksgivings Everybody!

As we come to this Thanksgiving Time, I found myself pondering what Jesus himself might have been thankful for...

And then I recalled His expressing thanks to His Father there in Matthew 11.

Jesus had just finished severely rebuking three Galilean cities for their refusal to believe on Him even though He had done a multitude of mighty works in the midst of them.

Immediately afterwards He prayed,

“I thank thee, O Father, Lord of Heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes."

Whoa!!! He was thankful for His Father saving the simplest of folks like you and me, and revealing His truth to the most ordinary of people, again like you and me!

Which means He truly likes us, we rag-tag ragamuffins of whom others may take little note of or perhaps mock us for our lack of sophistication, education or accolades.

And I am so thankful for that amazing, astounding fact.

Indeed, “Happy is the people whose God is the LORD”.

Amen and Amen!!!

Jon


Daily Devotional
November 23
 
Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? Prudent, and he shall know them? For the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.
Hosea 14:9
 
The transgressors will stumble indefinitely, but those who are wise will hear.

C. H. Spurgeon visited one of his parishioners and saw a weather vane on the man’s barn inscribed with the words “God is love.”

“Are you trying to say that God’s love changes?”

“Oh, no,” the farmer said. “I’m saying that no matter which way the wind is blowing, God is still love.”

That is the message of Hosea. God’s people would break His heart. And yet, just as Hosea was not to give up on his rebellious wife Gomer, God would not give up on His people. His love remained consistent toward them - just as it does for you.

Hear the heart of your Father. Come back to Him. Let Him love you.
 
This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Day of Feasting" by Pastor Jon. "A Day of Feasting" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the Old Testament books of Joshua through Malachi.  If you would like your own copy of "A Day of Feasting" you may click here to go to the SearchLight Store