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Daily Devotional: Thanksliving (Day 23)

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Daily Devotional Series from Victory Church

Thanksliving Day 23

Yesterday we observed Thanksgiving Day and I wonder how many of us thought of that first Thanksgiving meal shared among the Pilgrims and the Native Americans. Accounts of that first feast are varied but it is known that those early settlers suffered many hardships on their journey and in their new homeland. The winters were harsh and many lives were lost. Food was scarce and they were forced to ration their meager stores. But in spite of the hardships they endured, it was their regular practice to gather each Sunday for a time of prayer, of singing and of praise. They were a thankful people who were learning first-hand that “man does not live by bread alone by by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”

As the years passed, the crops became more plentiful and the people adjusted to their new home. It was at this point that they chose to set aside a day to honor the God who had seen them through their hardships. One of their leaders, Edward Winslow is quoted as saying “Having these many signs of God’s favor, we thought it would be a great ingratitude if secretly we should content ourselves with private thanksgiving. Therefore, another solemn day was set apart and appointed for that end; wherein we returned glory, honor, and praise with all thankfulness to our God who dealt so graciously with us.”

It did not matter to the Pilgrims whether their food was plentiful or scarce or if they were cold and their shelter was inadequate… they were a thankful people. They chose gratitude in times of plenty and in times of want. It would have been easy to grumble as the Israelites had done, but words of praise were on the lips of those early settlers. They knew the Lord had brought them to a good land and they honored Him by walking in obedience and in gratitude.

Gratitude In Action

Think back over the history of God’s faithfulness in your life, in your family and in your church life. Make a list of desperate situations or seasons when you have witnessed God’s providence and protection. Take time to thank Him for those seasons.

Daily Devotions from Victory Church

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Devotional Scripture

Be careful to follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase and may enter and possess the land the Lord promised on oath to your ancestors. Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years. Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you. Observe the commands of the Lord your God, walking in obedience to him and revering him. For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with brooks, streams, and deep springs gushing out into the valleys and hills; a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills. When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. – Deuteronomy 8: 1-10

About the Author

[ Kay Pflueger ]

Kay Pflueger and her husband Wayne have been members at Victory Church for the last 8 years. Kay is a loving mother and grandmother whose love for the Lord is on display at all times. To contact Kay directly about this devotion, please email her at