It’s here! No, I’m not talking about the day where eat turkey, watch sports, eat more turkey and sleep off the turkey before we dine on turkey leftovers. You could do that just about any day of the year. I’m talking about Thanksgiving. Now observed on the fourth Thursday in November (unless you’re Canadian), Thanksgiving is a legal holiday for people to be thankful for what they have.
Did you know the Bible talks about thanksgiving? It’s not in the sense that we may view it today, but the religious-minded pilgrims got the idea from the Bible. After a difficult trip to North America, followed by a difficult time to secure food, water, and shelter, the pilgrims set aside time to thank God for His goodness.
According to e-Sword, a feature-rich and user-friendly free Bible study app, the word “thanksgiving” appears in more than two-dozen verses in the Bible. Most of them are in the Old Testament, including the Book of Psalms:
“Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High.” (Psalm 50:14)
“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.” (Psalm 100:4)
“Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving; sing praise unto the harp unto our God.”
It is for these and other reasons that we Christians do all sorts of things, including going to church and singing hymns. Without God, none of this would be possible. Think about it. If God did not want America to exist, would it exist? No. Meanwhile, is it God’s will that America has an abundance of food and other resources while other nations don’t? It’s impossible to know for sure, as His ways are not our ways, nor are His thoughts our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8). However, we are here -- and we have what we have -- because of Almighty God. In addition to sending Jesus, God’s only Son, to die for our sins and provide people who repent a place in Heaven, God did all sorts of things. He even made turkeys and gave us permission to eat them (Acts 10:13). He also invented the concept of napping or resting. Still, those examples are a drop in the bucket for all the things we should be thankful for this year.
“Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.” (2 Corinthians 9:11)
What am I thankful for this year? Here’s an idea:
The freedom to tell people about Jesus
He died on the cross for my sins
All transgressions are forgiven for those who repent and accept Jesus as Savior
No works are necessary for salvation
Kind is He toward sinners
Salvation is forever
God is my Father
Infinite is His love
Victory in Jesus
Invaluable is His Word
No friend like Him is so high and holy
God is good