Take a Pause and Remember

Post by Joel and Victoria Osteen on November 22, 2017
 
 

In the Old Testament, God commanded His people, the children of Israel, to take time out from their busy schedules seven times a year to celebrate a variety of national festivals, which were times of remembrance. He wanted His people to pause and remember the marvelous deeds that He had performed for them—how He parted the Red Sea, how He brought water out of the rock, how manna came down from heaven in the wilderness. All these festivals were marked by thanksgiving and joyous feasting.

Do you know why He wanted them to do that? Because they were just like us. They got busy doing life, and too often when we're so busy doing life, we tend to forget what's more important than all that. So often we forget what we should remember—how God has worked in our lives, our victories, our successes, the good times. We forget Who's in control. We forget Who we can depend on to make things happen. We forget Who is providing for all our needs. We even forget the miracles that God has done in our lives.

Today is a special day for you to pause and remember the good things, what He has done in your life and in the lives of your family members. When you take the time, you can see those places and spaces in your lives when God brought you victory, brought you success. When you remember what God has said and what God has done, it will transform your life.

And let us remember that Thanksgiving is more than just a holiday; it's an attitude of our heart. We can celebrate our friends, family, and freedom every day of the year because of God's goodness and faithfulness. Today and every day have an attitude of gratitude and thanksgiving!

"Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever" (Psalm 118:1).

 

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