Normally, being that I have no common sense, I would forget that there is a holiday coming up. Not so this time (thanks to my new Smartphone that tells me everything I need to know). Thanksgiving is a fun holiday, especially if you like Turkey and eating lots of Turkey. However, it’s also a time to reflect upon the things we have and the blessings God has given to us.
I’m going to take this from a different angle. When we talk about Thanksgiving, naturally, we talk about what we are thankful for, right? I got to pondering and ended up singing, “Count your Many Blessings.” After I stopped my musical theatre, God hit me like a back of nickels—it’s not only a time to be thankful for all the Lord has done, but to be thankful that we have a way to God.
Here’s what I mean. God is holy; we are not. We’ve all sinned, right? We’re all, even at our best, not good at all. God even says that our “righteous acts are filthy rags” (Is. 64:4, NIV). Think about all the things in the world today. There’s war, famine, death, destruction, murder, genocide, child sex trafficking, slavery, ethnic cleansing, broken homes. The list could probably go on much more than I care to write. We have to ask, “Whose to blame for all this?” Is it God? Did God do all of these things? If God is good, why does He allow it to happen? Fair questions, but bad reasoning.
As people, we’re really good at throwing the responsibility off to others, namely, in horrible situations we throw it on God. It’s actually fairly easy to do. We mess up, cause pain, and then pass the buck off to someone else—welcome to the world, right? However, to blame God is not a logical thread of cognizance. We have to fess up to the fact that all the problems in the world have been caused by people—not God. Think about it—when sin entered the world through Adam and Eve’s disobedience (also, just throwing it out there, they played the blame game and eventually tried to pin it on God) things changed. From what we ate, to how the earth responded to us, to how animals and people interacted, the whole gambit. Things were under the curse of sin (Gen. 3:16-19) and it altered EVERYTHING. Genetic mutations came on the scene, disease was foisted upon our frail bodies, and more than anything, people changed. Murder entered the world. Violence became common. Stealing was the norm, and all of it snowballed through time into this vicious order of life we now dwell under in 2011.
I say all of that to say this: We should really, truly give thanks that God has made a way for us, despite us, to get back to Him. In the original creation God created us as the crowning work of His Creation. He said “It is very good.” Everything was as it should be and man and God walked and talked together in perfection. Sin broke that bond and intimacy. As a person, if someone hurts me or my family, I want nothing to do with them—thank heavens that God is the exact opposite. He pursued His creation, His one and only with a relentless and passionate resilience. He picked up the pieces of shattered creation and has bonded them together with the blood of Jesus Christ. He didn’t give us up to our own devices but rather came after us with His divine romance in hopes that His beloved—you and me, would be restored to Him, no matter what it took.
I want to challenge you to not just take stock in what you have or your blessings, but rather thank God that there is a way back. There is a way to freedom and restoration. Reconciliation of Creation and Creator happened on the Cross over 2,000 years ago. Creation will one day be restored and righted—thank God that He gave us the way back. Just something to think about. – Scott