As we begin the holiday season with the arrival of Thanksgiving this week, we are at a loss for how our normal routines, and lives, are no longer what they use to be. At large, the world is in such a state that it is unrecognizable from just a year or two ago. Yes. Things have changed. But God has not; God is consistent; God is unmovable; God is sovereign. Amid the changes taking place around us and in our personal lives, God has everything under control. That alone should provide us with a sense of peace and hope. The apostle Paul knew what it meant to trust God, in spite of what was occurring around him, and to him. “I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4.11-13). “In everything,” he says, “give thanks,” (1 Thessalonians 5.18a). As we gather at the dinner table this Thanksgiving, let us be thankful for God’s provisions, God’s providential care, and God’s sovereignty. Let us be at peace, for all things are in His hands.
Have a blessed and safe Thanksgiving.