Scripture for today: Isa. 55:6-7
Thanksgiving is not a good time to be a turkey. For decades, American families have dined upon these birds every November. It is estimated that around 46 million turkeys will be consumed this Thanksgiving season alone.
But among all the turkeys that are carved up, there is one lucky bird that does not share their fate. Since 1989, the President of the United States pardons one turkey every year on Thanksgiving Day, sparing it from becoming this year’s main course.
As Christians, we can identify with this fortunate bird. The Bible tells us that we all deserve eternal death. Like a turkey in November, we are on the fast track toward our demise. But in the midst of our plight, God steps in. He calls us to “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon” (Isa. 55:6-7).
If you have trusted in Jesus for your salvation, then you have been pardoned. You have been delivered from death and have been given life.
If I was that pardoned turkey, I would gobble for joy. But since I am just a person, I have another song to sing. May we all echo the words of that famous hymn by Philip Bliss, “Sing, oh, sing of my Redeemer; with his blood he purchased me; on the cross he sealed my pardon; paid the debt and made me free.”
Father, thank you for pardoning me of my sin. Help me to always tell of your grace to those around me.
Matt Peek serves as pastor of First Baptist Church in Pelham and a member of the Georgia Baptist Convention Executive Committee.