The Day After Thanksgiving

A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

There was a time when Black Friday sales actually happened on Friday. But retailers, seeking to get a jump on their competitors, are now starting their sales even before the Thanksgiving leftovers have been put away. All consumers want the biggest bang for their buck. However, it is ironic that within a span of only a few hours our thoughts go from being thankful for all we have to, “I’ve got to buy that.” So, where do we find contentment?

While writing from a prison cell, the apostle Paul says in Philippians 4:11, “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” Contentment is an attitude or state of mind that Christians must learn because it is contrary to our sinful nature. It is a work of God performed within the believer as we place our confidence in God’s power to provide for our needs in good times and in bad. Paul will complete this thought two verses later when he states unequivocally that he can, “do all things through Jesus Christ.”

There is nothing wrong with taking advantage of Black Friday sales. But, let’s remember that true contentment cannot be purchased. It is only available through Jesus Christ and it can be yours when you become His follower. Now that’s an amazing deal which even Amazon can’t match!