Today is thanksgiving and before I rush off to cook and enjoy my family, I wanted to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving and overall day of thanks.
You know, in thinking about the significance of today, I was struck by a verse in the Old Testament while reading my devotions this morning. In Exodus 7:23 the NLT version of the Bible says:
"Pharaoh returned to his palace and put the whole thing out of his mind."
This brings begs the question: When God does something for you, are you thankful or do you just put it out of your mind?
In this scripture, Pharaoh has just been visited by Moses and Aaron, his brother, who told him what God said. God used them to tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites go so they could worship the Lord. But Pharaoh would not listen. So God empowered Moses and Aaron to perform miracles. First, Aaron’s shepherd’s staff turned into a serpent. But Pharaoh had his magicians and sorcerers do the same thing. Then, Aaron’s staff swallowed up their serpents. Still, Pharaoh didn’t relent. The next day, Moses and Aaron went back to Pharaoh and this time, Aaron used his staff to turn the waters of Egypt into blood. But Pharaoh had his magicians to do the same thing. Then Pharaoh turned and went to his palace, putting what he had just experienced out of his mind. And, allowing his heart to become harder and harder towards the things of God.
Have you done that? Have you put the things of God out of your mind?
Today is thanksgiving. I just travelled on the road and arrived safely to be with my family. I’m thankful for God's protection on the highways and byways. I do not allow what God has done to carelessly be put out of my mind. in the same way, don'tI ever want to allow the sacrifice of Jesus Christ to be put out of my mind. Jesus came to earth, was beaten, and hung on an old rugged cross where he died a terrible death. He did this for me. And, I am thankful for His sacrifice. Not only that, He was buried in a borrowed tomb, but thankfully, He rose from the grave with all power. Even the power to save me.
I will never put the miracle of Jesus sacrifice out of my mind. I will freely talk about it and tell others about it so that men, women, boys and girls may come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
Today, on Thanksgiving Day 2017, I am asking you to not be like Pharaoh. Don’t allow your interaction with God’s miracles or what he says through a man or woman of God to be put out of your mind. Instead, allow iGod's miracles and His spoken Word to be effective your life. Don't be like Pharaoh, but like Mary, the mother of Jesus, who went she interacted with the angel of the Lord, pondered the things God said through the angel in her heart.
Be more like Mary and less like Pharaoh today. Be thankful. Be grateful. Be mindful. And give God praise!
Be Well, Be Blessed, Trust the Savior,
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