As we enter into the week of thanksgiving it would serve us well to take a moment to reflect on the countless blessings our Lord has given to us throughout this year. At the Boland home we write down our individual blessings and share them with each other every Thanksgiving season. Our four children really look forward to doing this, and we are building a wonderful treasure for them, as we file each list away every year so they can be reviewed.
We have a tendency to clearly remember “the bad stuff” that happens throughout the year; it is all too easy to forget about the all the good that God has done for us. A blessing list helps to bring God’s goodness into focus and provides a great record to look back on in years to come.
We have a great time reviewing our lists together as a family; when we are done, we always return to what the psalmist said in Psalm 119:57—“The Lord is my portion.” This anchors the key to thanksgiving. If we are not careful, we can consider God’s blessings to be rooted in possessions rather than a Person . . .
Yet no matter how full our wallets or how large our homestead, when the Lord is our portion, we have everything! You can have all the gold in the world, but without God you are the poorest person who ever lived.
Sadly, many Christians seek to find their portion in the things of this world. They crave the applause of men. They work for the approval of others. They long for the affection of another. And when they get it, they have received their reward in full. At the end of the day, unless the Lord is your ultimate portion, your life will leave you empty and aching.
May these words from the great Charles Spurgeon inspire you this Thanksgiving season:
But when thou hast God for thy portion, thou hast more than all else put together. In Him every want is met, whether in life or in death. With God for thy portion thou are rich indeed, for He will supply thy need, comfort they heart, assuage thy grief, guide thy steps, be with thee in the dark valley, and then take thee home, to enjoy Him as thy portion forever.
I encourage you to take a few moments to prayerfully consider all that God has blessed you with this year. Write it down and share it with your family. Make sure that at the very top of your list you have the Master as your portion, because when you have Him, you do indeed have everything.
This is the gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!