On November 24, Americans will once again celebrate a national day of thanksgiving. It is a day set aside to give thanks unto God for our great heritage and the many blessings He bestows upon us. For many, Thanksgiving is simply a day off from work. It is a time to overeat, enjoy parades and ball games, and visit friends and relatives. However, for the child of God, every day is truly Thanksgiving Day. Paul admonished, In everything give thanks (1 Thessalonians 5:18). For what does the child of God give thanks?

  • Give thanks for God’s goodness and mercy (1 Chronicles 16:34).
  • Give thanks for God’s holiness (Psalm 30:4).
  • Give thanks for God’s creation (Psalm 75:1).
  • Give thanks for God’s deeds (Psalm 105:1).
  • Give thanks for God’s righteous judgment (Psalm 119:62).
  • Give thanks for our food (Matthew 15:36).
  • Give thanks for the body and blood of Jesus (Matthew 26:26-28).
  • Give thanks for the victory found in Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:57).
  • Give thanks for the care and compassion of others (2 Corinthians 8:16).
  • Give thanks for God’s unspeakable gift – Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 9:15).
  • Give thanks for our brethren (Ephesians 1:16).
  • Give thanks for all things (Ephesians 5:20).
  • Give thanks for the church (Colossians 1:12-13).
  • Give thanks for all men (1 Timothy 2:1).
  • Give thanks for civil authorities (1 Timothy 2:2).
  • Give thanks for the hope of heaven (Revelation 11:16-17).

Surely we can think of countless other blessings for which we should give thanks. These are just a few of those mentioned in the Holy Scriptures. As His children, let us begin today thanking God for His many favors.– Barry M. Grider

 

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