Happy Thanksgiving! We hope that you were able to enjoy family and friends last week. Itâ€™s great to have a time specifically set aside each year to remember to give thanks to God.
Iâ€™ve been reading two very different books lately that both challenged me to think differently about what Iâ€™m thankful for. We often focus on thanking God for all of the good things that Heâ€™s given us, and that is certainly important. But do we remember to thank Him for the privilege of knowing Him and being His children?
In Old Testament Today: A Journey from Original Meaning to Contemporary Significance, John Walton and Andrew Hill explore Abrahamâ€™s faith. Abraham didnâ€™t know how God was going to bring salvation, and probably didnâ€™t think in those terms. He just knew that God called him into relationship with Himself and promised to bless him and be his God. If we didnâ€™t really understand heaven and hell, would we be willing to give our lives completely to God?
In Crazy Love, Francis Chan says,
The Good News â€“ the best news in the world, in fact â€“ is that you can have God Himself. Do you believe that God is the greatest thing you can experience in the whole world? Do you believe that the Good News is not merely the forgiveness of your sins, the guarantee that you wonâ€™t go to hell, or the promise of life in heaven?
The best things in life are gifts from the One who steadfastly loves us. But an important question to ask ourselves is this: Are we in love with God or just His stuff?
Imagine how awful it would feel to have your child say to you, â€œI donâ€™t really love you or want your love, but I would like my allowance, please.â€ Conversely, what a beautiful gift it is to have the one you love look you in the eye and say, â€œI love you. Not your beauty, your money, your family, or your car. Just you.â€
Can you say that to God?
God loves us â€“ really, personally, and intimately. As we move through this holiday season from Thanksgiving to Christmas, letâ€™s remember that His greatest gift to us is Himself!
In the words that the Lord gave Moses to bless the Israelites:
The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.
(check out Francis Chan’s videos “The Awe Factor of God” and “Stop and Think” on CrazyLoveBook.com.Â “Stop and Think” is also below)