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Thanksgiving- A Good Thing

“It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto Thy name, O most high.” Psalm 92:1 James Henry Potts said it best, “Gratitude is a becoming trait. It sweetens life, cements bonds of friendship, gives cheer to fellowship, and makes benevolence a joy.” Truly, “ it is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord.” It is good for an individual to reflect on the goodness of God in the light of his own limitations. We are living in a society that believes that they can make it on their own.

When mentioning one accomplishments, God is not given credit and the focus shifts to the individual and away from their Creator. Man-worship is splashed across the pages of this society and the attention is always away from God. This problem is not a new one. Abraham Lincoln stated, “I fear that we have forgotten the gracious Hand which has preserved us in peace, and multiplied, enriched, and strengthened us and have vainly imagined in the deceitfulness of our hearts that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of the redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to God who made it.”

It is time for the church to led by example in the ministry of thanksgiving. We must remember that without God we are but dust. The churches that we worship in may have been built with our hands, but who gave us the strength to use our hands? The congregations that we worship with every week may have been shepherded by us, but who convicted the heart and drew sinners to repentance? Pastors, never fall into the trap of believing that you built your church and congregation…you are nothing without the help of the Almighty! Laymen, do not listen to the enemy when he tells you that without your help and talents the church would crumble. It is time for us to give credit where credit is due. “It is He that hath made us and not we ourselves.”

There is a popular misconception that thanksgiving is an audit or an inventory of our blessings rather than a fundamental attitude toward life. We need to ask ourselves these important questions, “Is my very nature one of thankfulness?” “Am I as thankful in bad times as I am in the good times?” When we are truly thankful we do not say, “God, I thank you for this blessing or that answer to prayer,” but rather, “God, I thank you for who you are.” We are thankful, because He is a living, understanding, personal God. This means that God knows me, loves me, guides me, and never leaves me alone. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He never changes. He is trustworthy, fulfills His promises and is everlasting in His forgiveness, compassion and love. Thank God for who He is.

T. Myers wrote, “We ought to be thankful to God for His fatherly goodness. He loves all of His children. Every human being is made in the spiritual image of God and He is as concerned with one child as another. His goodness shows no partiality based on superficial qualities but love each man as though there were no others to love. Thank God for Himself. This is the fundamental attitude and allother thanksgiving grows out of it. We show our gratitude by doing what He has taught us to do, by surrendering ourselves wholly and completely to His way and by telling Him in prayer of our love for Him and by serving those whom the Father loves.”

Thanksgiving is a position of the heart. As you sit down this year with family and friends and reflect not only on the good things that have come your way, but focus your attention on the God that loves you and makes all things possible. Reflect on His person. Remember His sacrificial love. Thank Him for being Lord in your own life. “It is a good thing unto the Lord!”

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