The very 1st Thanksgiving in America was 1621, when the settlers thanked God for their abundant crops that year. George Washington, our 1st President, celebrated Thanksgiving also, the first year in office. Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863.
Thanksgiving dinner for most families is when they gather together for turkey and dressing plus all the goodies that go with it. Thanksgiving has become feasting, football, and first to the mall.
What has happened to Thanksgiving—when you don’t have it in your heart, you don’t practice it. Our nation is for more interested in gold than God. Greater consequences will come if we do not turn around. Usually troubles, trials, heartaches, torment, etc., is what turns us to God!
True, there are still a lot of us who believe that Thanksgiving is when we thank God for our many blessings. America is “Truly Blessed”!
Some thoughts about Thanksgiving from GOD’s Word:
- Ingratitude in the list of sins is a big one.
- Give thanks in the presence of all people.
- In the midst of asking, give thanks.
Adam and Eve showed ingratitude toward God for all that God had given them. They crossed the line when they disobeyed and we have been disobedient ever since. We have so much to thank God for in our lives; God never gets tired of hearing us say, “Thank you”.
(refer to Romans 1:20-22) God’s invisible qualities have been seen. He exists, He is all-powerful and is the all -wise Creator. How can anyone recognize God as God and not thank Him for what He has done, what He is doing, and what He is going to do!
Do you give thanks in the presence of people before you eat? Giving thanks in public leads to two things:
- It means you are thankful to God for your food and you want Him to bless it.
- It shows that you want to honor God in this world by giving thanks to Him.
You are letting your light shine when you give thanks in public. It’s a big deal to God for us to pray and give thanks to Him always!`
In Acts 27:35, Paul took bread, gave thanks to God in front of all the ship’s crew for they had not eaten in a number of days. Paul offered a prayer of Thanksgiving to God in their presence.
In the midst of asking, give thanks, there is nothing wrong with asking but there is something wrong with not giving thanks. (refer to Philippians 4:6)
(Matthew 7:7-11) “Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you.”……
If there is one person from whom we should ask, it is the LORD. He is the giver of every good and perfect gift. How much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him! Once He gives to us, we must be quick to express our thanks.
Colossians 2:6-9, Paul talks about overflowing in gratitude, telling the Christians in Colosse why they should be overflowing with gratitude and thanksgiving.
A grateful person acknowledges God as the source of everything. Every blessing according to scripture that comes your way comes from God. The truth is a person who is really godly is really grateful. Many Christians are grumblers; they do not show gratitude.
In Ephesians 1, the Bible says He chose you before the foundation of the world. Faith is a gift of God. God has given every believer the gift of faith. We are like an oak tree, the roots grow deep and spread wide which makes it strong. God wants us rooted firmly in the truth so we are made strong and built up in Him. Read God’s Word so you can be rooted in faith and built up in truth.
A few things to tell you why you should be grateful:
- You were chosen before the foundation of the world.
- You are indwelt by the Holy Spirit.
- You are eternally secure.
- You are gifted from the Spirit.
- You have been given peace.
- You have unconditional love of God.
- You have moment by moment presence of God.
- God has given you provision—needs, protection.
- You have a promise of a bodily resurrection.
- You have an eternal home in Heaven.
- Most grateful thing you have is the Word of God.