Give thanks

Soon we look forward to our Thanksgiving celebrations with family and friends.

However, how often do we realize all God’s blessings in our lives? Here we will focus on how much we get from our Lord. Every day is a day of thanksgiving! As we look back on previous days, we realize God’s presence and His active work in every moment and situation of our life, even though sometimes our circumstances are extremely difficult. No matter what we are facing, there is always something good for which we can be thankful.

Heb. 13:5 says:

“Keep your life free from the love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ ”

Some people may say:

  • “I am really content with what I have until I start looking through some advertising.”

  • “I like my car, until I see the latest model.”

  • “I am satisfied with my clothes, until I go to the mall.”

  • “I love my home, until I see a friend’s new home.”

  • “I am satisfied with every area of my life, until I start comparing with someone else’s.”

Our reasons can go on and on. The secret of being satisfied in not to get what we want, but to live with what we have. We often spend our lives on what we don’t have instead of thanking God for what He has provided us for living.

The Bible tells us to give thanks in all circumstances, even if you have less than you think you would deserve. If you trust in God, He will always provide you with enough for your daily life.

Complaining about what we have or don’t have doesn’t make situations better. As a matter of fact, it amplifies frustration, spreads discontent and discord, and can invoke an invitation for the devil to cause chaos with our lives. Complaining makes us miserable.

St. Paul says in Phil. 2:14:

“Do all things without grumbling or disputing.”

A positive, thankful person is a great witness in this dark world. Our light shines for the Lord when we are thankful, when we live it and express it! Instead of looking at the negatives in our lives and complaining, we must look for the positives and give thanks. Giving thanks is God’s will for our lives. Giving thanks to God and others is what pleases Him.

Our thanksgiving is a response to the Triune God for His love:

  • The Father, for His creation of all that exists and for everything He provides.

  • Jesus Christ, the Son, who became flesh to suffer and die for the sins of all human beings and to rise to life again in the ultimate victory over death and Satan.

  • The Holy Spirit, who creates and keeps our faith.

May we always remember and live by the words of 1 Thess. 5:18:

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”