“The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The LORD Our Righteousness.”
In America, it’s a few days before Thanksgiving. It’s certainly appropriate for us to set aside a day on which we give thanks to God.
So, what are you thankful for this year? I’m guessing some of us can come up with a lengthy list: financial gains, new relationships, health, or job opportunities, and more.
Others of us might struggle a bit. For those of us who have lost loved ones, or have a debilitating or incurable illness, or suffered through a divorce or job loss—perhaps it’s more difficult to find reasons to be thankful.
How about if we go back to the basics? Just think of all that we have to be thankful for on the basis of the Bible verses of our devotion today: 1) We have a God who keeps his promises—Jesus came, just as God promised he would. 2) Our God reigns wisely. 3) Our God always does what is just and right (even when we don’t understand it). 4) Our God is a saving God who brings eternal safety for his followers. 5) As God names himself, he connects himself to us. “This is the name by which he will be called: the LORD Our Righteousness.” 6) And because he is “our righteousness,” in God’s eyes we are absolutely innocent.
Those are six great reasons to give thanks and there are certainly more thoughts we could have pulled from these verses. Thank God we have so many reasons to give thanks!
O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever! Amen.