As we approach the wonderful holiday of Thanksgiving, I want to take the time to thank my God for two things:
First, I am thankful that the election is over! But this year I realized, perhaps for the first time, how interested most of the rest of the world is in our elections. The person who serves as the President of our country will be an important factor in the well-being of other nations. Our allies not only look to this nation for guidance, but they depend on us for their security. Our enemy nations will capitalize on any opportunity they may have to take advantage of us and our friends. Paul commands us to “pray for those who are in authority” (1 Timothy 2:1-2).
Second, and far apart from the first thing I am thankful for, I am thankful for those who have answered the call to serve as missionaries! Unlike a national leader with international exposure and influence, most missionaries will fly under the radar of fame and fortune. Our God, however—the God of the universe—knows each and every missionary, for He has called them out! Paul expressed it well in 2 Corinthians 2:14-15:
But thanks be to God, who always puts us on display in Christ and through us spreads the aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. 15 For to God we are the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.