Thanksgiving: A time for CONFESSION and CONVICTION
When I think of the many blessings of God in my life, I must CONFESS two things: (1) I am thankful for all the good things God has sent my way. And (2) I’m thankful for all the things He wisely withheld from me. Though I may not have all the things I would like to have, neither have I had to face all the things I would not want to face.
When you count your blessings, be sure to thank God for all the things you have missed as well as the blessings you have received.
I am also CONVICTED. When I consider all God has done for me, I am convicted how little I have done for Him! And what little I do for Him, I only do by the grace He has given me (1 Pet. 4:11). Every good thing in my life I owe to Him. I have nothing to glory in. Freely I have received—So I should also freely give (Mt. 10:8). As David prayed, “But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee” (1 Chron. 29:14).
Anyone who is truly thankful should (1) CONFESS he is not worthy of the least of God’s benefits (Gen. 32:10) and (2) be CONVICTED at how little he actually thanked the One who made it all possible.
God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one of them to say “thank you?