“Now therefore, our God, We thank You And praise Your glorious name.
I Chronicles 29:13
"Thanksgiving time again already? The one day where I get together with all my family. I really don't feel like giving thanks. At least I get to eat!"
Thanksgiving is the day set aside every year where families gather together and share one another's company after an entire year of being apart. Maybe for some it's different, and maybe it's a smaller gathering or maybe you don't celebrate with anyone. Whatever the case may be, it's a reminder that we should be thankful.
For what? Well, there are many reasons to be thankful. King David, the man after God's own heart as described in scripture, went from being a shepherd boy tending to sheep, to a well respected king who in whatever he ate or drank he did for the glory of God. He had quite a journey to kingship, and a few times doubted the work of God in his life. There was one time just before he was recognized as king of Israel where king Saul was after him and he was going to pick up a sword. But this wasn't just any sword. This was the very sword that Goliath, the giant he had defeated just a few chapters earlier with just a sling and a stone, had carried to defeat David.
Have you ever done that in your life? You defeated battles in the name of God in His power and might... But there was that one time where you were deeply troubled to the point you were going to take care of things the world would take care of them or most commonly known as... the way you used to take care of things.
Fast forward to the above passage in scripture where, now we see David, now known as king David, is careful to give that what is rightfully God's as a way of saying thanks to Him for all He has done. So he thanks God not just for what he has or where he is in life, but despite all he did to mess things up that God would still pursue him. It's important to remember the signs of faithfulness were with David from the time he was young.
"Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it."
David, the man after God's own heart, was chosen by God to do a great task not because of his might, obviously, but because he was faithful with the little that he had. His job was not an easy job. His job was to protect... sheep. Sheep are not very smart animals, and this was David's job. He looked after the sheep and if there was any danger, he protected them. It's said that when sheep fear danger, they huddle together thus making them a bigger target. You'd be thinking "now why in the world would they do that?!" Well, they don't know any better. But David never dreaded this hefty task, He just took what he was given and was faithful. This was a man that probably worshipped God with his life, and those things that please God don't go unnoticed. David was where he was because he was faithful in the little things, the mundane things, the seemingly worthless things, and so God gave him more to do. Afterall, if he had patience in tending sheep, animals that would follow each other off a cliff if not careful, he'd surely be able to tend to the needs of his people whom were not much different than the sheep. (Now that I think of it, maybe this is where the term "sheepish" came from.)
Maybe you're wondering why nothing is working out for you in life. Do you feel like you're around the wrong people? Maybe you feel like you're in the wrong place? Maybe you just aren't seeking God. Maybe you have a job and you don't appreciate it very much and so you dream of the days where you can be on a beach not having to work or worry about stressing over provision anymore. Did you really think that one through? What would your life be like if you had no responsibility? I mean, what's it like now WITH your responsibilities?
"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."
Do you wanna know why you're probably having such a hard time? Maybe it's because you're trying to find what pleases you instead of finding what pleases God. This is a lesson I had to learn through the years and when I finally gave my life to Jesus, things went much smoother. The things I wanted before, I no longer want. I found that God was protecting me from what had the potential to destroy me. Because of that, I realized what my purpose here on this earth was and you, my friend, need to do the same if you truly want to be happy in life. You were not put on this earth to think the way the rest of the world thinks and do what the rest of the world does. Unless, of course, you are happy with the outcome of the world to date. I'm reasonably shocked at the events happening in our world now, but my life isn't dependent in what direction the world goes. It's dependent on God and the plans He has for me, and He tells me in scripture that if I'm faithful with little, He will give me more. However, if I cannot even handle what I have been given, He won't give me more! This is why you must be careful when you say God won't give you more than you can handle. Be sure it's not because you cannot handle what you've been given.
“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much."
When in doubt, just be faithful where you are. God will guide you to where you need to be. Be sure to keep your eyes on God, and in time I'm sure you will find much to be thankful for. Because when you give up your plan for God's plan, it's something He already knows how to complete and He will guide you through every step.
"And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. "