Sunday, October 13, 2013

The Joy of Thanksgiving

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:6-7, NIV

On this Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, here's another "guest" post, this time by George Mueller, a great saint of the 1800's.  It's found in the October 13th reading of my ancient copy of Streams in the Desert.  (Current versions of this classic devotional have different readings on different days.)

Ms. Cowman takes this quote from Mueller's Life of Trust.

George Mueller says,

. . ."With thanksgiving." We should at all times lay a good foundation with thanksgiving.  If everything else were wanting, this is always present, that He has saved us from hell.  Then, that He has given us His Holy Word--His Son, His choicest gift--and the Holy Spirit.  Therefore we have abundant reason for thanksgiving.

O let us aim at this!

"And the peace of God which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."  And this is so great a blessing, so real a blessing, so precious a blessing, that it must be known experimentally to be entered into, for it passeth understanding.

O let us lay these things to heart, and the result will be, if we habitually walk in this spirit, we shall far more abundantly glorify God, than as yet we have done.

Joy comes only to a heart that is thankful.

1 comment:

Janet Sketchley said...

Amen, Ginny! (And George) "If everything else were wanting, this is always present." And if all He ever did/does for us is save us, that's more than enough. Yet He gives us so much more.