God’s people in the wilderness were fickle as are we. Even though God gave them a sign of His leading them through Moses and Aaron rebellion broke out regularly. As a visible sign of Aaron’s leadership God caused his staff to bud. God told Moses to keep that budded staff before the people to remind them of His chosen leadership. It continued as a reminder of God’s promise to lead His people by His chosen instruments.
Now, consider what God has given to us! We have been given God’s word written. We hear Him every time we read His word. Every Christian has been given the Holy Spirit who works in concert with the Word to change us and speak to our hearts. God has said that believers can approach His throne of grace with confidence because Jesus has given them access through His shedblood. As we come to the Father in our quiet moments, He has promised to hear us and to answer our prayers in ways that are beyond what we ask or think.
In addition, Christians are told by the Holy Spirit that they are children of God. (Romans 8:16) Believers have God’s constant presence leading and protecting them. Believers have eternal security. Believers have been given a clear revelation of God’s plan of redemption in the Bible.
Christians, therefore, should have a greater desire to give thanks to God. The Church of Jesus Christ belongs to Him. He is the head and king of the Church. The most fundamental reason to give thanks to God is His grace of adoption. (Galatians 3:26-29) “See what kind of love the Father has given to us that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” (1 John 3:1)
If you have been adopted by God through faith alone in Christ alone, thank Him every day and set apart a time during this Thanksgiving season to gather with His people to corporately thank Him for what He has done in Christ.
May your Thanksgiving Day plans be centered in giving thanks to God for the person and work of Christ.
The Rev. Lou Tiscione is pastor of Weatherford Presbyterian Church (PCA).