‘Tis the season we are supposed to be thankful. As Thanksgiving Day approaches, many people will gather around a dinner table and share what they are thankful for this year, and then quickly move on to the turkey and football. But we never quite finish the thought: Yes, we are thankful, but to whom are we thankful?
Consider some of these clichés we use:
- The ball bounced my way.
- I thank my lucky stars!
- Wow, must be good clean living!
- Whew, I caught a lucky break there.
- It’s about time something went my way.
In all of these phrases we are saying, “I did something to get what I got. I did the right things, or I was in the right place at the right time.”
God says, “My people shall be satisfied with My goodness” (Jeremiah 31:14). Notice He says MY goodness.
Contrast this with what Moses warned in his farewell address. He said, when you have been blessed make sure you give the thanks to God, and don’t forget all He has done for you. If we forget to thank God, the inevitable result is pride in our own abilities, or in our own luck. YOU may then say to YOURSELF, “MY power and the strength of MY hand has made this lucky break for ME” (see Deuteronomy 8:10-20).
Notice the MY has been changed from God to me. I have made a god out of my luck. Or even worse, I have enthroned MYSELF and dethroned God.
The only guard against this is continual, uninterrupted gratitude to God for His goodness—Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
Don’t make a god out of luck, but make sure the One True God is the center of your thankfulness this week, and all year long!
I’ll be wrapping our series A Grateful Heart Is A Strong Heart this coming Sunday, and I’d love to have you join me!