Give thanks not only on Thanksgiving, but always
In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 we read this: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
In all things give thanks. This is what we should be about when we celebrate Thanksgiving. And it should not be just the fourth Thursday of November, but every day we are blessed to have. For the Psalmist says in Psalms 118:24, “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” We rejoice and are glad when we lift up our thanks to God every day.
So what are you thankful for this day? What do you wish to thank God for today?
We thank Him for what he has done. God created the world; the sun and moon; the seas and the skies; the plants and all that grows; the animals and fish and birds of the air; and you and me; male and female He created us; immortal to live for all time. And mankind’s thanks to God was to disobey God; and sin; and mankind became mortal and faces death.
Romans 6:23 tells us, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” There is good news that we can thank God for. Even though mankind sinned against God and faces death, God so loved the world, so loved mankind, so loved you and so loved me that He gave His only begotten Son; that ALL who believe in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
We thank Him for what He is doing. God has blessed us as a people and a nation and He continues to allow us to go on, despite our problems in government and society. With all the hate in our nation -- the divisive politicians and politics -- people are still trying to come and live in the United States. They know that we are blessed beyond what we deserve. It is because God continues to be a part of so many people’s lives in our country, by the presence of His Holy Spirit that dwells within us.
We are reminded to pray for those in authority and that God has them there for His purpose. Romans 13:1, “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.” And we give thanks and need to pray for them. We read in 1 Timothy 2:1-3, “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.” Give thanks and pray for those who lead: our president, vice president and executive leadership; our senators and congressional leaders; and for the judges who sit on our courts; and for those in our states, our counties and cities.
We thank Him for what He has yet to do. One day, and perhaps soon, Jesus will come again and we need to be ready. In Acts 1:10-11, “And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, ’Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”
When He comes, there will be a new kingdom that will last forever and you can be there if you accept and believe the Good News. For that we give thanks!
Jesus has come. Jesus is here. Jesus is coming again.