Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for all blessings. Most people only think of physical blessings, and they should be on the list of things for which to be thankful. But God has blessed man much more than with just physical things. He has given mankind spiritual blessings.
Some people believe they accomplish everything by themselves. They work to provide food, clothing and shelter. They work overtime to make extra, they, they, they.
What "they" are forgetting is that without God they could do nothing. He provides the health and strength each person has, even the air one breathes. All should be thankful to God for life itself, all the time not just one day a year.
If they would, perhaps they would truly see the splendor of God’s gifts.
The psalmist wrote, "It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:" (Psalms 92:1).
Of all the servants of God about whom we read in the Bible, David is perhaps the most thankful. His love and adoration for God is seen throughout the Psalms. When one studies about all the trials that David had to endure, the question comes to mind, "How did he ever endure such things"? The answer is seen in his writings of the Psalms.
Are we as trusting and as thankful to God as we need to be? When we are having troubles, it is a natural thing for Christians to offer prayers to God. Prayer to our creator is one of the many blessings God’s children enjoy.
This attitude of trust and need for God must be followed — even as David is our example — by giving thanks to God for the answer to our prayers.
God gives us so many blessings. Prayers of thanksgiving and trust should flow as a rolling stream from the lips of his children. Of these blessings James wrote, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning" (James 1: 17).
How many gifts come to us without a word of thanks being given back to God?
Of all the blessings God has given to man the giving of his Son outweighs them all.
"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" (John 3:16).
In our thanksgiving for this sacrifice we ought to be thankful enough to obey God’s commandments. He has told us what he expects through the scriptures. To obey means to; believe in Christ as the Son of God, be willing to repent of our sins, to confess his name as the Son of God before men, to be willing to be baptized for the remission of our sins, and then to live faithfully to him.
David wrote, "It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord…" Let all God’s children say, "amen."