Be Thankful To God
“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all; making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” (Philippians 1:3-5)
The Thanksgiving Holiday is a time in which we give thanks to the Almighty, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies (Ephesians 1:3) and every material blessing of our lives. This year, this spirit of thankfulness is more important than ever.
2020 has been a trying year. As I write this letter, we are less than two weeks from the most important presidential election since the American Civil War. As a nation, we are struggling with political division, financial insecurity, and a persistent virus. Many of the voices we hear only speak fear into our hearts. We are worried about our future and growing weary in the present. How can we be thankful in a time like this? The better question is...How can we NOT be thankful in a time like this?
Giving thanks to God is something that we see throughout the Bible, especially during tough times. Many times, Psalmists cried out in the midst of their pain to offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving unto the LORD (Psalms 50:14, 86:12, 116:17). The Lord Jesus Christ offered his thanks to the Father for a meager 5 loaves and 2 fish (John 6:11) before feeding the 5000. The Apostle Paul offered his thanks to God for the many faithful followers of Christ to whom he wrote while sitting in prison chains.
For what blessings are you thankful? In the midst of confusion and unrest, we can always be reminded of God’s faithfulness and his love toward us. He is the God who never leaves us and never forsakes us (Hebrews 13:5). He is the God who’s “Grace is sufficient” for us (2 Corinthians 12:9). He is the God who offers us eternal life through his Son, Jesus Christ (John 3:16). He is the God who has secured our eternal future in Christ Jesus. He is the God who gives to us all that we need to live and thrive today.
Can we be thankful for all that God has done, is doing and will do through our Lord Jesus Christ? Yes – choose to be thankful always and may the Lord be with you!
Blessings, Pastor Keith