“Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever.”
Today is a day the United States sets aside to give thanks for all that we have. To many, it is simply a day off, for a general feeling of “thankfulness”. I heard one person describe it as this way. “I feel thankful, sure, not to anything or anyone in particular, just thankful.” How sad and empty.
All that we have, whether it be a physical, tangible thing like a car, our Thanksgiving turkey or a stash full of models, or something more intangible like the love of a child or a feeling of peace or the joy of watching a Thanksgiving day football game with family and friends, all that we have is by the grace of God. Even those who do not ackowledge Him have had everything that they may feel thankfulness for pass through His hands. In Matthew 5:45 Jesus affirm this- “He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.“
If nothing else, we should be thankful that He loves us despite our sins. He showed this by sending Jesus to die on the Cross, to pay the price for our sins that we could never pay, and if we accept that gift we will be saved from an eternity in Hell separated from God, and live with Him instead in Heaven. Romans 10:9-10 tells us that “9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”
Christian, give thanks this day, for all that you have comes from the Lord who loves you, who has saved your soul at great price through the blood of Jesus.
And if you don’t know Christ as your Lord and Savior, seek Him today. Give thanks that He has reached out to you, and receive His gift of salvation and eternal life.
Thank You Lord, for all that I have, given through Your grace, and thank You most of all for what I have been spared, through Your mercy.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!