Today is the day before Thanksgiving. It is the time when hearts which are hurting may struggle to give thanks to God for all that He has done. Our series on meekness couldn’t have come at a better time. It encourages us to praise the God who gives and takes away!
It is so easy to type these words on a blog post, but examine my heart when life hands me an unexpected blow, and I may not be so quick to say, “as you will, Lord!” But I am learning to ask God to change my heart and make me one who responds to Him with meekness of heart.
Meekness is NOT weakness. It is the exact opposite.
The third point Nancy Leigh DeMoss makes is simple, yet difficult to do. She says:
“Meekness says, “I know that God has His reasons, and it doesn’t matter whether I can see the reason or not.” But the proud heart, the poisoned heart, says, “It should have been done differently. I see no reason for this; therefore, God should not have done this.”
How often I have responded to God with the attitude of complaint. I see no reason for why God did what He did. He doesn’t share with me the why’s, and I am quick to raise a fist to Him. Oh, but if I could see what God sees, John Piper assures me, I would choose the very path He has. Faith and meekness walk willingly in a direction my heart may fear, but God is with me. He is for me. I can TRUST Him with all my uncertainties.
This series has challenged me in a way no other dealings from God and His Word ever has. I am grateful to know His Spirit is leading me into a freedom I have never known. Freedom to submit to His wise, loving hand. I want to follow Him wherever He chooses to take me. I don’t want to resist His hand, but yield to His all-knowing will.
So, as you gather tomorrow with family and friends and the tensions rise as they often do, remember to receive it from the loving hand of your Heavenly Father. He has chosen your lot. He has His reasons. And He loves you. This alone is reason to Praise God from whom all blessings flow! And once we grasp this Truth we will enjoy a peace, joy and thanksgiving that is unhindered by difficult relationships, shifting economies or uncertain futures. It is a “peace that passes understanding!”
May your Thanksgiving be filled with gratitude that comes sincerely from a meek and humble heart!