This year, on November 28, many Americans will congregate with relatives and friends to celebrate “Thanksgiving Day” and enjoy a lavish dinner—a sumptuous smorgasbord of fruits and vegetables, roasted turkey, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce and other delectable trimmings.
Chances are you will enjoy this fabulous meal with a bevy of friends and family members in a warm, cozy home equipped with many modern conveniences. You may even watch a football game on your large plasma-screen TV.
As Americans, we have much to be thankful for. But how thankful are you? Do you truly appreciate the veritable cornucopia of blessings that have been bestowed on this land?
Thanksgiving is not just for Americans and should not be limited to one day a year. It should be a daily occurrence for everyone.
God expects it when we pray to Him each day: “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise, be thankful unto him, and bless his name” Psalm 100:4
We cannot afford to neglect to give our Maker grateful thanks. After all, we owe Him everything! Therefore we ought to regularly stop and count the blessings Almighty God has given us, and then sincerely thank Him for them.
It is God’s will that we thank Him for all things (Ephesians 5:20; 1 Thessalonians 5:18). Why? Because He is generous and full of love—and He wants to eventually develop that same character in all of us. He knows that naturally we are not thankful. We have to consciously develop the habit of being appreciative.
Thankfulness is beneficial because it gets our minds off self—off greed, lust and vanity. Therefore, in order to help us overcome our evil human nature, God has commanded that we be thankful.
When we are genuinely thankful, our focus is automatically on God who provides us with all good things. The first thing we should do every morning when we awake is kneel and give thanks to God for our many blessings. We often take for granted our innumerable blessings and tend to overlook them.
How grateful are you to have a roof over your head?
Do you give God thanks each day for the shelter and clothing you have and acknowledge that He has provided all your basic needs?
How about praying a prayer of thanksgiving for your spouse and your children?
Are you thankful for your income whether you are gainfully employed, unemployed or living off a pension?
Do you give thanks for your good health? Even if you don’t have perfect health, do you rejoice in your sufferings? (1 Peter 4:13).
Do you thank God for the very breath of life that you breathe?
Do you give thanks for the physical food you eat?
The Bible shows we should. Jesus did. He set an example for us, giving thanks for what He ate—and asking God to bless it.
How about the spiritual “food” you ingest when you read God’s Word? Think about this. How many times have you stopped to give thanks for the Holy Bible—the foundation of all knowledge and the primary text which deceived mankind, down through the ages, have vehemently attempted to malign and even destroy?
Where would we be without the preserved Word of God?
God wants His people to offer Him the “sacrifice of thanksgiving” Psalm 116:17. Now, as never before, we need to stop and tell God how much we truly appreciate the many blessings we have.
As we observe “Thanksgiving Day” this year, let us take stock and consider the sheer magnificence of our blessings.
Let us always give heartfelt thanks to our great Creator for the manifold blessings He has so generously bestowed upon us and put the “thanks” back into Thanksgiving Day this year!