Thanksgiving is our acknowledgement of the blessings and gifts we have received over the course of the past year. Scripture denotes the importance of giving thanks to God for all his multitude of blessings and wondrous works, recognizing our dependence on him and gratitude to him.
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
Psalm 95:2 (ESV)
As Christians, we have a lot to be thankful for. We honor God by giving thanks to him for the gift of his salvation, that we have received by grace through faith. Through thanksgiving, we recognize that God is at work in our lives and all around us. Our job is to find where God is at work and join him, working as his co-laborers in Christ, to bring in the harvest.
And he directed the crowd to sit down on the ground. And he took the seven loaves, and having given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and they set them before the crowd. And they had a few small fish. And having blessed them, he said that these also should be set before them.
Mark 8:6-7 (ESV)
We have lots to be thankful for on a daily basis. It is easy for us to take basic things for granted in our culture. We are so blessed that sometimes we can forget that these basics are not something all people have. I woke up today in my warm bed, with a roof over my head, food and beverages in my fridge. I am not worried about what, where, or when I will eat today. My wife and I are blessed with plenty. We are debt-free, we are able to pay our bills, meet our needs, and acquire our wants. We are blessed with family and great friends.
How about you? What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving season?.
For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. 2 Corinthians 4:15 (ESV)
As you go about your busy life today, be sure to pause this week and give thanks. You do have something to be thankful for.