Is it me — or did we just celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas a few months ago? It seems as if these two holidays come around faster — and faster, each year. Or, could it be, I stay so busy I hardly notice the time passing by? Can you relate?

Isaac Newton, one of the greatest scientists of all time, predicted our “busy” future, in the early 1700’s, close to a hundred years before the invention of planes, trains, automobiles, cell phones, and the internet. Newton was, not only a great astronomer, physicist, and mathematician, he also dedicated nearly fifty years of his life to the study of biblical prophecy. He was fascinated with the books of Daniel and Revelation, but he believed his discoveries were too controversial to release them to the public, so his theological writings were kept secret until they were auctioned off in 1936. Today, much of Newton’s theological work resides in Jerusalem, in the Jewish National Library.

In Daniel 12:4, God tells Daniel to “seal up the book until the time of the end,” that — “many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.” Well, I think it’s safe to say that this prophecy is quite well being fulfilled throughout the world today. But, when Isaac Newton expressed his belief, based on this prophetic verse, that man would eventually travel more than fifty miles per hour, the well-known French atheist, Voltaire, was quick to state that Newton had lost his mind. Newton obviously took God at His Word. Do we?

Colossians 4:2 says, “Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.”

Thankfulness improves our outlook on life and our attitude toward our circumstances. It reduces stress and improves our relationships. And – most importantly, God commands us to, “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

So — how long will we allow “busyness” to keep us from focusing on our blessings in life?

When’s the last time you stopped to genuinely thank God for your blessings? Isn’t it time to do so today? And make it a practice each day going forward?

Join me today in making A Thanksgiving Prayer part of your Thanksgiving Day and every day here on out.

May God abundantly bless you this Thanksgiving!

 

[1] Isaac Newton and the End Time Prophecies of Newton, by William F. Dankenbring, http://triumphpro.com/isaac-newton-and-end-time-prophecies-of-daniel.pdf

[1] The Faith Behind the Famous: Isaac Newton, by Charles E. Hummel, http://www.christianitytoday.com/history/issues/issue-30/faith-behind-famous-isaac-newton.html

[1] Isaac Newton and the End Time Prophecies of Newton, by William F. Dankenbring, http://triumphpro.com/isaac-newton-and-end-time-prophecies-of-daniel.pdf

[1]  The Book of Daniel, by James J. Barker http://www.biblebaptistelmont.org/BBC/books/Daniel-24.html