Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
As Thanksgiving Day quickly approaches, many people begin to think about being thankful. Many who do not normally give thanks to God, will even utter prayers over the Thanksgiving meal. But really for the Christian, this attitude of thanksgiving should be found in us throughout all the seasons of our life. About two months ago, the Lord began to deal with me about being thankful. He was convicting me about being ungrateful. He wanted me to be grateful, even though there were some situations in my life that were not ideal, not pleasant, and most of the time quite annoying realities. I was allowing the circumstances of my life to affect my attitude. I found myself murmuring and complaining to myself and my wife regarding my situation. After the Lord began to deal with me, I told my wife and my kids that we were going to be a grateful family. I asked them to correct me when I was being ungrateful. Our new family saying right now is “Thank you Jesus”. It might sound ridiculous, like a cliché or even possibly insincere but it’s our heart’s cry. When I find myself complaining or dare I say whining, I utter my new mantra, “Thank you Jesus”. The Bible tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” The Lord wants our life to be seasoned with thanksgiving. The Bible also says in Colossians 3:17, “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” He also wants our praise to be seasoned with thanksgiving. The Bible says in Psalm 69:30, “I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving.” Psalm 95:2a says, “Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving.” Psalm 100:4 says, “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” Our prayers should also be seasoned with thanksgiving. Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Colossians 4:2 says, “Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving.” The Lord also desires for our relationships to be seasoned with thanksgiving. 1 Thessalonians 1:2 says, “We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers.” He wants us to be thankful to Him for others. Yes, even those that persecute you.
You might be thinking, “How is it possible to be a giver of thanks when the circumstances of your life are unpleasant?” Psalm 97:12 says, “Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.” Psalm 107:8 says, “Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness.” Hebrews 13:15 says, “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” We can enter into thanksgiving by remembering Him, by considering Jesus, by meditating on Him and His marvelous works and confessing His Goodness with your own lips.
Give thanks today to the Lord for His Goodness, for His Mercy that endures forever, for His excellent greatness, for His mighty acts of deliverance, and for His saving grace in your life. Let Him season you with a little Thanksgiving Seasoning as you say “Thank you Jesus.”