Thanksgiving A Bible Subject

W. Terry Varner
November 19, 2017

I am happy that our nation has a Thanksgiving Day. It reminds me of the deep gratitude that I should offer daily for life in Christ and for living simultaneously in this great nation, the United States of America. We ought never to take our spiritual blessings for granted, nor should we take for granted the bountiful blessings of living in America. Thanksgiving Day in America is not a Bible subject; however, thanksgiving is a Bible subject in both the Old and New Testaments.

Americas' custom of a Thanksgiving Day has been influential on nations around us; however, America is the first nation to nationally recognize its dependence on God with a special day set aside yearly to offer God our gratitude ana thanksgiving.

Ingratitude has been a problem in the world for centuries. Paul describes the pagan world of his time as, “when they knew not God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were they thankful” (Romans 1:21). Our society has created an illusion that man can get along without God. Ingratitude has arisen in our hearts. An alarming thing about all of this that many Christians who know God are not thankful.

The Christian must never forget that thanksgiving is a Bible subject! David prepared himself to worship God “with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works” (Psalms 26:7, emp. added). To the church at Philippi, Paul wrote, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to Goa” (Pnilippians 4:6, emp. added). Likewise, Paul commanded the brethren at Colossae. “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving” (Colossians 4:2, emp. added). He wrote to the Ephesian church, “give thanks always for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Fatner” (Ephesians 5:20, emp. added). Let us return to David, “O give thanks to the Lord; for He is good: for His mercy endures for ever” (Psalm 136:1, emp. added).

The Bible teaches that thanksgiving results from a number of factors:

First, we owe thanksgiving,to God because He has created us. “Know you the Lord that He is God: it is He that has made us, and not we ourselves” (Psalms 100:3), emp. added).

Second, in being thankful we acknowledge His goodness. We see God’s loved, goodness, and judgements are receptive to His will when we are grateful.

Third, all of life’s circumstances are in God’s hands and that should produce thanksgiving within each of us. “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18, emp. added).

Thanksgiving involves the attitude of the thankful. God evaluates our hearts as to our gratitude. God told Samuel, “The Lord sees not as man sees: for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart” (1 Samuel 126:7).

When we think about life as Christians, every child of God has the great blessings of fellowship with God and brethren, as well as, the hope of life eternal around God’s throne in Heaven.

Let each of us be ever thankful to our God for ALL of our blessings!