Upon its spirit of self sufficiency and independence God speaks to his people, Israel, in Deuteronomy 8:13-17:

"... when all that thou hast is multiplied, then thine heart be lifted up and thou forget the Lord thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness ... Who fed thee in the wilderness ... And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth, But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that gives thee power to get wealth that he may establish his covenant which he swore unto thy fathers as it is this day."

This admonition by God to His chosen people is certainly applicable to the people of America, who by the will and plan of God have been delivered from the oppressive government of England. The evidence of history clearly shows that on that first Thanksgiving Day, both the pilgrims and the Indians were thanking God for His great goodness in providing for them all.

America is currently facing serious challenges both at home and abroad. There are radical left wing leaders and agencies that are determined to promote their socialistic agendas upon this God blessed democratic republic. While we are being blessed economically we are in dire straits when it comes to our attitude regarding morality and righteousness.

America's greatness is found in its belief in and trust in the sovereign God of the Bible. But, that foundation is being greatly challenged in our present day.

At this Thanksgiving we need to join the countless generations before us in giving thanks to God for His blessings and for preserving our nation. His hand of protection has been over America ever since the Pilgrims' arrival. We must pray He will sustain our nation. Only as we continue to acknowledge and honor Him will He do so.

"Happy is that people, whose God is the Lord." Psalm 144:15

(Pastor Clarke Poorman is interim pastor at Pine River Baptist Church and a graduate of Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, 1956. He was a pastor for 32 years at Woodcrest Baptist in Minneapolis. He's been married for 63 years and has four children, 12 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.)