In and out of every season of life, we have a reason to give thanks because we serve a wholly faithful, good, and loving God. When we begin our days, prayers, worship, reading, and fellowship with a heart of thanksgiving, we live out of a place of faith and reality found in the kingdom of God here on earth. Our God is bigger and better than our circumstances, fears, wounds, misconceptions, and past failures. There is security and joy in declaring the goodness, kindness, loving, and eternal nature of our Father.
In Psalm 92:1-5 it says: “It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare Your steadfast love in the morning, and Your faithfulness by night, to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre. For you, O Lord, have made me glad by Your work; at the works of Your hands I sing for joy. How great are Your works, O Lord!” Our hearts become glad when we offer continual thanksgiving.
In my life, I have learned that no matter what is going on, I can still be thankful and I can still have joy — even in the worst of times. My life is defined by the work Jesus is doing in me and how He allows the “not so good moments” to mature me. I don’t know what trials you may be facing right now, but God does, and He loves you and is with you and just because of that truth we can be thankful. The Lord has convicted me during this Thanksgiving season that I do not thank Him enough. I came across a list of Biblical reasons to be thankful that really encouraged me and I want to share them with you. I encourage you to look up each verse this week and reflect on each one. I pray it will remind you of the reasons God gives us to be thankful.
- God sent Jesus to redeem us (John 3:16)
- God makes us new (2 Corinthians 5:17)
- God grants us peace (Colossians 3:15)
- God is unchanging (Hebrews 6:17)
- God is sovereign (1 Timothy 6:15)
- God will never leave us (Deuteronomy 31:8)
- God created all things (Genesis 1:1)
I come to see that even just a few minutes of thanksgiving and praise each day has the power to change the direction of each day. It has the power to stir my heart and open my mind to God’s will for me in every situation. Let us practice Thanksgiving everyday by thanking the Lord for all of these things He has given us! Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving!
Why is thankfulness an important part of the Christian life?
What ways do you give thanks on a regular basis in your life?
– A. McNeilly