Thanksgiving is more than a holiday

Paul says in Philippians 4:6, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”  Paul is telling us that even our prayer life ought to be laced with thanksgiving.  In reality God has blessed us in so many ways in our lives.  Every blessing we have comes from the hand of God. 

It isn’t unusual to thank God when things are going our way.  When something “big” has come into our lives we are elated and certainly willing to spend a little time thanking God for all He has done.  We often speak with God when we are  on the mountain tops and in the valleys.  The question I want to pose is simple, “Do we give thanksgiving to God when we are in the “flatlands” of life?

On the fourth Thursday of November we gather with friends and family to celebrate a day of thanksgiving.  I am delighted our nation has set aside a day of thanksgiving.  Without realizing it our forefathers acknowledged  thankfulness to God for all  He has done in behalf of our nation.  I am grateful for this acknowledgement.  This must obviously go against the grain of every individual who would deny the existence of God. I hope that as a nation we will always acknowledge thankfulness to God and all He has done. 

As believers we realize that thanksgiving is more than a holiday.  It is a way of life. We are thankful for every blessing God bestows upon us.  Some blessings are so life changing that we find it easy to give thanks.  So many things God does for us don’t  fall into this realm.  Often we take blessings for granted.  Let’s think about some of the things given to us by the Lord which may not get the appreciation they deserve.

  • Access to God’s Word.  Often we take for granted what we have as a people and nation.  Almost all among us  have access to God’s Word.  Much too often we take this for granted.
  • Freedom to worship without fear.  We are free to worship God without fear from any outside source.  This freedom has come with a price and we need not take it for granted.
  • Wisdom.  Scripture tells us wisdom comes from God to those who ask.  As a result of the wisdom God has given us we are in a position to make decisions that are in our best interest before God.  Rather than taking this wisdom for granted we ought give thanks for it before God.
  • In God’s Image.  Regardless of what scientist-so-called might think man is different from all creation.  God has created us with a soul.  We have been made in His image. If we consider what this means we will certainly give thanks for our unique position before God.
  • Covenant of Grace.  We are living in a special time.  We are part of a time so awesome even the angels desired to know about it.  We have been blessed to have been born in the fullness of time.  To enjoy a relationship with God through His grace is a blessing beyond description.  To have been born at such a time certainly deserves our thanks.

On and on I could go describing how much God has given us.  God has blessed us in so many ways!  Our thankfulness before God ought to be a way of life because thanksgiving is so much more than a holiday.

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2 Responses to Thanksgiving is more than a holiday

  1. Doug says:

    It is so much more than a holiday!! Glad I found this site.

  2. christina says:

    God has given me friends and family who love me and have always been there for me. And I thank Him for that everyday! Thank you, Dell and Robbi. You are good friends and have been for — years. I’m not telling my age!

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