In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation designating April 30 as “a day of national humiliation, fasting and prayer.” Why?
According to the president, “We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!”
The above is part of an article I read from the Denison Forum, 30th April 2015.
The President’s proclamation captured a few crucial points that need recapping for my readers the world over;
God created the world and its contents
The Creator gave man the ability, and power and the wisdom to create wealth
Man must give thanks to the Creator for all he(man) is able to do
It’s a huge error for a people to think that their achievements; wealth, riches have no God factor in them and that it’s all by their own effort and intellect. Who created the intellect, anyway?
Thanksgiving is a show of humility
The wealth, strength and prosperity of America (and any people) have blinded their minds and eyes from seeing and appreciating God
Sadly, America and the rest of the world have fast forgotten the God who created us and blessed us and gave us the power to make wealth.
Deuteronomy 8:18 But you shall remember the Lord your God; for it is He that gives you the power to get wealth that he may establish his covenant which he swore to your fathers, as it is today.
Remember the wise saying I shared with the world on this platform a few days ago? This is it;
“Just thanking God for what He has done for you open you up for more of God’s blessings and interventions. Remember the ten healed lepers, only one returned to give thanks so Jesus made him whole. Why most people lack is that only 10% of those whose thanksgiving God is waiting for actually bring it to Him”
Join me give thanks even for today; for the gift of life. No man can guarantee you life; everyone’s life including the idol worshipper, armed robber, sinner, atheist, occultist etc is sustained by the giver of life, the God of the universe.