“Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for mankind. Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of His works with songs of joy.” // Psalm 107:21-22
Happy Sunday! Believe it or not, this week is Thanksgiving. Isn’t that crazy? Before we know it, a lot of us will be gathered with family and friends around good food and football. I personally love Thanksgiving. It’s one of my favorite holidays. But as we approach Thanksgiving this week, I want to take a moment to remember God, that He is the giver of all our good things (James 1:17), including all the family and food we’ll be surrounded with on Thursday.
No matter what you’re going through right now, or the season you may have just come out of, there is always something we can give thanks to God for. When we thank God, we’re recognizing Him as the giver of everything we need, and it reminds us that He is always with us, no matter what. Here are the constant, unchanging things we can thank God for this Thanksgiving, and every day after.
1. Who He Is. The first thing we can always thank God for is who He is. God is unchanging, and in a world that’s constantly changing, where people are unreliable, and when our plans are never set in stone, this is one of the greatest hopes we have as Christians. Yesterday, today, and forever God is the same (Hebrews 13:8). God is our continual source of hope and truth, and He is merciful. What wonderful promises we have! We can always thanks for these, no matter what is going on in our lives.
2. What He’s Done. Another thing we can always give thanks for is the fact that God, even while we were dead in our sin, sent His Son Jesus Christ to be the payment for our sin so we could spend eternity with Him (Ephesians 2:1-10, Colossians 2:13-15). If you know Jesus Christ as your Savior, this is something we’ll forever thank God for. We were dead, and now we’re alive in Christ. We were lost, now we’re children of the One true King. We were on our way to an eternity without hope, love, or God, and know our eternity is secured. How amazing! If you don’t know Jesus yet, you can know Him right now. Then this Thanksgiving, you’ll be most thankful for your new salvation in Christ.
3. What He Will Do. No matter where you’re at right now, if you know Jesus, you have a hope and promise for the future. We know that God will work all things out for our good (Romans 8:28), His plans for us are good (Jeremiah 29:11), He will finish what He’s started in us and in our lives (Philippians 1:6), and in the end, He will take us home to be with Him and make right all the things that have wronged us in this life (Revelation 21:1-5, 2 Peter 3:1-18). When we know Jesus, the best is always yet to come. These are promises we can be thankful for this Thanksgiving and every day.
I hope that you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family! No matter what you’re doing, or where you’re at in your life right now, know that God loves you, and that because of who He is (constant, merciful, full of truth and hope), what He’s done by sending Jesus to die for our sins, and the promise of what He will do, we have an abundance of things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, and forever.
When we thank God, He opens the doors to His presence and we’ll see things from His perspective and hope will abound. And when we do, someday we might just change the world. ❤
Until Next Time,