If you have lived through several decades and have been watching, you should have noticed that there are subtle changes in our calendar over the years.I’m not speaking of the changes in the weather. No matter where you live there have always been changes in the weather. I am speaking of changes more unsettling.
Over the sixty some years I have lived I have noticed that many of the holidays that were special days of rejoicing have been replaced with holidays for revelling. “Rejoicing” is a Bible word. It most frequently has to do with rejoicing in God, in His power and glory, in His protection, in His graciousness, in His provision. The two time “revelling” that is mentioned in the Bible is listed among the works of the flesh. It is feasting with loose and clamorous merriment; to carouse; to act the bacchanalian. It is closely related to the words rabid and riot.
Is it any wonder why Easter has replaced Resurrection Sunday; “Holidays” has replaced Christmas; and Thanksgiving has been pre-empted by Halloween? Every God-honouring holiday on the calendars of the world has either been replaced or ignored. But there is a more sinister plot than just plain old fleshly carnality.Daniel was writing of his vision of the Antichrist in chapter 7:25 “And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time”. It has always been the devil’s plan to steal glory from God.We need to return to keeping special days to praise and honour God by rejoicing in His power and glory, in His protection, in His graciousness, in His provision because He is the only one worthy to be praised for all He’s done. Thanksgiving weekend isn’t just to get a few days off work or school. It is a time to rejoice in God’s provision and blessing and grace,
For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace
might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
~II Corinthians 4:15~
Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth
through us thanksgiving to God.
~II Corinthians 9:11~