Here’s what I want you to know about Thanksgiving…
I search scripture high and low to find biblical answers to support all that we do, such as holidays, customs, behaviors and life principles in general. While in biblical times, the “Thanksgiving” Holiday as we know it wasn’t celebrated, I did find something very interesting to support Thanksgiving.
You may not know this, but one of the greatest miracles of all times happened at thanks-giving –the feeding of the four thousand.
You’ve most likely heard of this miracle where there were four thousand men in addition to women and children who were gathered together to hear Jesus speak. The only food that could be found in the whole group was the seven loaves of bread and just a few small fish. This wasn’t nearly enough to feed such a crowd; some would say it was only enough food for a small boy.
So, what happened in the wilderness that day? Jesus took all that He had and all that was physically available and used it to produce something that everyone could enjoy; but it didn’t stop there, He had leftovers which amounted to many times more than what He originally started with.
Jesus asked, “How much bread do you have?”
[This means it’s time to eat which is customary in our Thanksgiving traditions.] They replied, “Seven loaves, and a few small fish.” [Obviously not enough for four thousand].
So Jesus told all the people to sit down on the ground.
Then he took [what He had available] the seven loaves and the fish, thanked God for it, and broke it into pieces.
He gave them to the disciples, who distributed the food to the crowd [yes to all four thousand plus].
They all ate as much as they wanted. [Similar to what we envision our Thanksgiving meal to be like] Afterwards, the disciples picked up seven large baskets of leftover food [enough for some to take home].
There were 4,000 men who were fed that day, in addition to all the women and children.
(Matthew 15:34-38 NLT)
Here’s how you might be feeling this Thanksgiving…
Do you ever feel like you’re facing insurmountable obstacles? Not having enough. Do you have a multitude of financial obligations (bills) facing you? Is everyone pulling you from every angle? Is there not enough to go around? Is the job too big?
Maybe you feel like…
your income is too small
your team is inferior
your home is too small
you’re not qualified to give that message
you only have a few groceries
you have more month than money.
Here’s how your Thanksgiving will be better –your miracle awaits…
Give thanks for all that you have available at this time, no matter how small it may seem.
You see… God can create something out of absolutely nothing! If He can create something out of nothing, how much more can He create using the “little something” you have available? He wants to bless it, which means He wants to make it do something that it could never do on its own –feed the four thousand or in your case your multitude of obligations. And He wants to do the same thing for you.
On this Thanksgiving, give God thanks for that “little something” you have available. Try giving thanks for what you have available right now and see it multiply into a miracle that awaits.
Question: What “little something” do you have to be thankful for today? You can leave a comment below.
Happy Thanksgiving from Kerry A. Clark & family!