I just heard a Thanksgiving message by President-Elect, Donald Trump and I had this feeling of Thankfulness in my heart. I remember the days when a Thanksgiving message by our President was very common. Among many other blessing I am thankful for our country and each person in it.
Psalm 147:7-11, “Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God: Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains. He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry. He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man. The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.”
1 Thessalonians 1:2, “We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers.” 5:18, “ In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
We all understand that Thanksgiving is a special time set aside for us to be thankful to God for all His provisions. Not only His provisions, but also for His constant presence and His power in our everyday lives. Christians with an unthankful heart cannot truly know the presence or the power of God.
Someone said that if you are going to get an answer from God, you must give thanks for what He has done for you in the past. This is certainly true, since He commands us in Philippians 4:6, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” In other words, thankfulness is something that is constantly in our hearts and will always manifest itself in our daily lives.
When we pray and plead with God for future things, we must always be careful to praise and thank Him for past answered prayer, as well as the present. We must be thankful, not only at thanksgiving, but also year-round. God is so good, not only to hear our prayers, but also to answer them; however, it is required of us to be thankful. The Bible says, “In every thing give thanks.”
Thessalonica was a seaport of Macedonia, which made it a good location for shipping and receiving. As many smaller nations, Macedonia was an independent country until it became a Roman Province in 148 B C. It was divided into four districts, and the city of Thessalonica was made the capital of the second district.
Most of Paul’s letters begin with thanksgiving and this reminds us of the fact that in some form the word “thanks” is used over one-hundred-fifty times in the Bible. We are commanded to give thanks, and it is our duty to speak of His grace with thanksgiving, because all we have is of and from Him and not ourselves.
The special graces Paul saw in the Thessalonians were their faith, their love,
and their hope; because their faith was a working faith, their love was a labor of love, and their hope in the Lord Jesus was the reason for their thankfulness.
“We give thanks unto God always for you all.” In other words, he was thankful to see the grace and working of God in them, and this was the reason for his making mention of them in his prayers.
On the other hand, there was still much grace and thankfulness needed in the Thessalonians’ church. We too are in need of greater thankfulness, because we should be thankful for what God has provided so that we will be more mindful of it the next time we ask for something.
It is not that we fail to express our thanks, but that our thankfulness must be seen as a part of our praise and worship expressed in our daily walk with God. In other words, are we thankful enough to live our thanksgiving throughout the year? Oh, we might say the words and sing the praise at Thanksgiving, but is it a part of our entire life as it was with Paul the apostle.
If in fact we are truly thankful we will see that true thankfulness is never self-serving, but will always reach out to God and others. Again, thankfulness is not something we do, but what we are in the heart, as it becomes a part of our attitude toward who God is and what He has done for us.
Our fore-fathers celebrated the first Thanksgiving and a Proclamation of Thanksgiving was made by the President of the United States of America. Think of it, it was our President and government that gave us Thanksgiving.
Just as our forefathers and the host of heaven; we too will sing our thanksgivings with a joyful and thankful heart when we realize that it all comes from Him. How can we show our thankfulness this Thanksgiving?
Everyday should be Thanksgiving for the Christian because Paul gives us a real testimony of thankfulness in the heart in 2 Corinthians 7:4, “Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.”
HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL AMERICANS!