Thanksgiving Day is tomorrow, yet it seems I can count on just one hand the references that have been made to this national holiday up to this very point. It seems merely to be an afterthought between the more commercialized Halloween and Christmas holidays. Why is that do you think?
Why doesn’t anyone talk about Thanksgiving Day anymore? Don’t you think it’s kind of funny too how this day is lost between two of the most celebrated times of paganistic glorifying of things other than God? Think about it: everyone wants to talk about their Halloween costumes and jolly ol’ Santa Claus ….
I just dont think too many think about glorifying God anymore. Thanksgiving was instituted by Abraham Lincoln 153 years ago for the nation to show gratitude to God for His blessings. Has this meaning become lost? Has the United States taken its blessings for granted?
God warned ancient Israel of this dangerous trap; that instead of thanking Him for their blessings, they would come to believe the blessings they enjoyed came from their own efforts (Deuteronomy 8:10-17).
It is this flawed thinking that leads some to refer to this day as “Turkey Day,” which switches our attention from a day of giving thanks to God to a day of gorging ourselves with food! How sad is that? It is this thinking that leads us to spend our time watching football and poring over the Thursday newspaper’s Black Friday ads instead of giving thanks to God. Truthfully, how many do you know that will eat a little turkey then pull out their bible?
Yes, Thanksgiving’s meaning is lost to many because our priorities are not right. Instead of focusing on God, we focus on ourselves. Relegating God to a minor role in our lives; and I dare say refusing to acknowledge His blessings has contributed to so many of our problems in our society today …..
The Bible is very direct about the tragic results in the lives of those who refuse to thank God:
“Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship Him as God or even give Him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused.” (Romans 1:21)
When we are genuinely thankful, it humbles us and helps us recognize that we truly are undeserving of all the good things we have. But when such humility is replaced by pride, it produces the dangerous attitude of ingratitude.
God may not be important to many people today, but that doesn’t change the fact that everyone is important to God ….
An attitude of unthankfulness; which fails to retain God in our thinking leads to flawed thinking and actions. As it is written:
“Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship Him as God or even give Him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator Himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.” (verses 24-25).
Wow, pretty clear about that, wouldn’t you say? Let’s just finish out the chapter shall we?
“That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved. Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, He abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done. Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents. They refuse to understand, break their promises, are heartless, and have no mercy. They know God’s justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they do them anyway. Worse yet, they encourage others to do them?” ( vs. 26-32)
Sound familiar? I’d say that’s a very apt description of our America today. We see widely accepted homosexuality and rampant evil everywhere, and not only approved of but encouraged ….
Just consider the headlines that fill the news. Stop and think about the horrible atrocities committed almost every day, the constant stream of broken homes and relationships, the sexual immorality prevalent in our culture, the increasing violence both in our streets and in our entertainment ….
As we contemplate such things, we should be concerned! This is exactly what God said would happen when we forget about Him (verses 29-31).
Even though God may not be important to many people today, that doesn’t change the fact that everyone is important to God. God has an incredible purpose for us to become children in His family. Let’s look at (2 Peter 3:9) okay? “The Lord isn’t really being slow about His promise, as some people think. No, He is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.”
His whole purpose was to save the world, that is to say us: you and me. That purpose should humble us beyond everything to have an attitude of gratitude …..
Taking time to seriously consider that God really is concerned about each of us individually can be a first step toward living a life filled with thanksgiving. The more we consider how much we have to be thankful for, the more important God will be in our lives
The apostle Paul encourages us to be thankful in all circumstances: “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
Note to self: EVERYTHING! God wants us to look for things to be thankful for ….
And when we start looking for obvious things to be thankful for, we end up finding a gold mine of not so obvious things to be thankful for also! It is by doing this that we can develop an attitude of gratitude in our lives, daily; not just on Thanksgiving …
So, even if the concept of truly being thankful on Thanksgiving is dead to some, make sure it isn’t dead to you. Take time to appreciate the good things in your life and thank God for the big things and the simple things alike, that are easily taken for granted. When we do this, we will come to a deeper comprehension of how blessed we really truly are.
Isn’t that something to be thankful for?
Let us pray ~
We give thanks to You, Lord Almighty, the Creator of the whole world, and its preserver, through Your only begotten Son Jesus Christ our Lord, for the firstfruits which are offered to you, certainly not in such a manner as we should, but as we are able. For who is there that can worthily give You thanks for those things that You have given them to partake of? You are worthy of all our praise for your beloved Son Jesus Christ, through whom glory, honor, and worship be to you, in the Holy Ghost forever. Father, I thank You that You know all about me and that You even knew that one day I would accept the Lord Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour. Father I don’t understand this, but I do believe it because Your Word says that it is true; and that before the world began, You knew all about me and predestined me to be Your child in Christ ….
Father the incredible privileges and tremendous blessings that are mine, simply because I have trusted in Christ Jesus are amazing, and I praise and thank You for all of Your goodness and loving-kindness to me. Words can not express my thankfulness. I pray that I may live a godly life that is pleasing to You and that all I say and do may honour Your name, for it is such a privilege to be Your child and I want to serve You with my whole being. I ask that You would use me to tell forth the glorious gospel of grace to all whom You shall put into my path. So many are lost and weary, sad and sorrowing, discouraged and depressed, but I pray that many will come to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and be adopted into Your family, and we will sing of Your praises throughout eternity for the amazing grace that You have shown to so many. Thank You Father for adopting us into Your family and seating us together with Christ in heavenly places; in Whose name we pray, Amen ….