NOT ON MY SCHEDULE

Several times in the Scriptures the phrase sacrifice of thanksgiving jumps up from nowhere and bites us in the attitude. Why is thanksgiving a sacrifice?
Thanksgiving arrives again, just on schedule, every year on the fourth Thursday of November. But what if it’s not on my schedule? What if I can’t muster thanksgiving? What if life just got heavy, a death announcement, a financial setback, an emotional downturn? What if circumstances just don’t line up with thanksgiving this year?
The reader of Scripture is given an invitation to thanksgiving. “Come into his presence with thanksgiving (Psalm 95:2).” “Enter his gates with thanksgiving (Psalm 100:4).” Circumstances have little to do with it. Of all the occurrences of “O give thanks to the Lord,” only a few have to do with circumstances, with the arrival of good things or great blessings. Most are concerned with the good, faithful, you-can-count-on-it-for-sure character of God.
Sacrifice carries the sense of cost. Offering a bull or goat or lamb or pigeon costs something. An attitude of thanksgiving costs. It puts circumstances and feelings and death and setbacks aside to recognize the great character of God.
Psalm 107:1 “Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” His goodness lasts and outlasts – everything. Whether you may or may not see it at this moment, you can count on it. You. Can. Count. On. It.
Now, let’s try again. T-H-A-N-K-S-G-I-V-I-N-G.

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