How Can We Not Be Thankful?
It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:
1 Thessalonians 5:18
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
The giving of thanks is a good thing and is to be apart of our daily walk with Christ. I'm as guilty as anybody else in failing to thank God for all the things He has done for me. It seems a simple thing to do, to set a little time aside every day and just thank Him, but I forget. I don't forget to ask Him for things I need, I only forget to thank Him for all that He has already done.
In Romans, Paul says in chapter 1 verse 8: "First, I thank my God." It is important to keep God first in our lives and first in the giving of thanks for all things. In nearly all the letters Paul has written, he expresses his gratitude to those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and who are being enriched by His wonderful grace. The book of Galatians is one of the letters that Paul does not give thanks for the redeemed but rebukes them for their response to false doctrine and how quickly they deserted the truth to pursue legalism taught by false teachers. The believer’s relationship to God is so critical and Paul is exceptional in reminding Christians to be thankful to God for all things. Ephesians 5:20 ~ “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Paul encourages believers to be thankful for their salvation and the work that Christ has already begun in them. Philippians 1:6 ~ Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: and Philippians 2:13 ~ For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
Scripture teaches us that angels spend time thanking God around the throne. Revelation 4:9: "And those living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him that is seated on the throne." Later on in the book of Revelation you find the angels doing it again. In the sixteenth and seventeenth verses of the eleventh chapter, you have the 24 elders apparently joining together with the angels and giving thanks. “And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.” If the angels are thankful to God for who He is, should we be any less thankful than they are for His great power, His immense mercy, and His matchless grace shown to us?
Even our Lord spent time thanking God for things He had done and did so often. The Lord Jesus was thankful to the Father at the graveside of Lazarus, in John 11:41, "'Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, Father, I thank Thee that Thou hast heard Me." Matthew 26:26 says: "And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed it, broke it, gave to the disciples and said, Take, eat; this is My body. He took the cup and gave thanks and gave it to them." There are many illustrations of giving thanks in the Bible some publicly as well as privately, but all picture a heart of true thankfulness to God for who He is and what He has done. This is fervently the pattern of the life of Christ, He thanked God openly and with great passion. It is the pattern of the angels in heaven to thank God. The “giving of thanks” is commanded of us, therefore, we must be thankful to God for all things for we are the partakers of His rich inheritance. “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in Light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: (Colossians 1:12-14.)
Thought: In Revelation chapters four-eleven, the focus is on Christ taking back what is rightfully His––the world that has been overtaken by Satan. “And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever” (Revelation 11:15.) Are we thankful that we are apart of the redeemed church of Christ and that He will come again to set up His kingdom? What a coronation day we will never forget! If you are a Christian, you have much to be thankful for, most importantly, knowing the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords through all eternity.
Lord, I am thankful for my wonderful husband and his love for You and for me. I am thankful for my loving children, their life long mates and for my grandchildren, whom I love so dearly. I am thankful for all my family, whether here or far away and thankful for their servant’s heart and faithfulness in serving You, day after day.
Lord, I am thankful for, You, loving me and giving me hope when I was blind and couldn’t see. I am thankful for Heaven, where I’ll share a new life with You, for all eternity.
Lord, thank you....