In spite of what we see around us in the world, we have much to be thankful for. God’s great gifts continue to pour out to us and protect us from the evil that is ever-present.
We all stand on John 3:16 as our ultimate gift from God: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
We are also reminded that all of our gifts from God are perfect. James 1:17: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”
In 1 Corinthians 12:7-11 Paul reminds us of the many gifts of the Holy Spirit given freely to us by God: “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another diverse kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these work that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.”
So when we give thanks on Thanksgiving Day, there is no better source than your Bible to help perfect our thanksgiving:
In 2 Corinthians 9:11-12, God’s gifts give us the opportunity to help others to increase Thanksgiving to God.: “You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.”
In Psalm 7:17, we acknowledge that we are called to give thanks to our Lord because He is righteous: “I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.”
In 1 Thessalonians 5:18, we are admonished that as children of our Lord, we must give thanks no matter our situation. “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
When you gather with family and friends, take a moment to reflect on all of your blessings. Give praise and thanks to God for all of these blessings.