As we celebrate Thanksgiving this year, let’s stop just a minute to consider why being thankful to God is important not just on Thanksgiving but every day of the year. Giving thanks is clearly taught in Scripture, but what does it accomplish? God says in Psalms 107:8-9 “Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! 9 For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.” We can see in verse 8 that God almost laments that men would acknowledge his goodness toward mankind. We should make praising the Lord a part of our everyday lives. I think we could also all agree that giving thanks is good, however, if we are not careful our prayers are used to request from God than giving thanks to God. We’re so focused on our troubles and needs of the day that we sometimes overlook how he has already blessed us. His word says that he will fill a hungry soul. We are surrounded with opportunities to show a hungry soul what god can do. What the world needs today is for believers to trust in him and by that I mean have a trust that an unsaved person can see hope in.
We also read in Psalms 118:1 “O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever.” The mercy that God bestows upon us has no end. Just think of all the things in your life and see what you can come up with that has not ended. All the emphasis that people put on possessions, money, family, and relationships will all have an end but the relationship you have with God if you have put your faith and trust in him will never end. God truly is good. We have so much to be thankful for that we should be ready each and every day to be thankful to him.
As you gather this Thanksgiving with those you love to celebrate God’s goodness, may God real in your life. Only when you make him first in your life with you truly have something meaningful to be thankful for. Enjoy your coffee.
Love you all,
Gary W. Hall, Pastor of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church.