Thanksgiving 2010

Written by Steve Ballinger. Posted in Devotions

Thanksgiving 2010

“O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever”
—Psalms 30:12—

Soon, people all across America will be celebrating what has come to be known as Thanksgiving Day. This special day began in the 1600’s after the Pilgrims of the Mayflower settled in Massachusetts Bay. There they gathered together and gave thanks to God for His divine goodness. We, as a nation, have celebrated it ever since. Yet, how many people truly stop and give thanks to God as they should.

Giving thanks to God is something that we should always be doing. Every day is to be a Thanksgiving Day. The Apostle Paul encourages us in Ephesians 5:20 to, “give thanks always for all things to God . . .” Do we?

Just as an evergreen tree is always green, despite the changes in the weather, our lives should be no different. Our lives are to be characterized by an enduring thankfulness, unaffected by the changes around us. When work is not going well, or the home-front is strenuous, we’re still to give thanks to God. Regardless of the things that surround us, whether during the heat of difficulty, or the chill of adversity, we should be standing evergreen, always thankful to God. Think about it. Anyone can be thankful for the sunshine, but it takes God in our lives to be thankful for the storms.

I’m reminded of the story in the gospel of Luke, chapter 17 where ten men who had leprosy were healed by Christ. The sad part of the story is, only one man out of the ten returned to the Lord to thank Him. He “fell down on his face, at His feet, giving Him thanks” (Luke 17:16). So, are you and I more like the nine lepers who accepted the gift from Jesus, but refused to give Him thanks? Or are we like the one who returned to Him to say—Thank you?

Though God loves to bless us, we are never to take His blessings for granted, because when we do, that’s when we fail to thank Him. Let us each always be like the one man who returned to the Lord. Let us each with a loud voice glorify God, falling on our face at His feet, and give Him thanks for all He has done for us.

I just got a brainstorm of an idea. Instead of there being only one Thanksgiving Day each year, how about we have one Complaining Day each year, getting all our gripes out of the way, and then spend the next 364 days giving thanks to God.

“In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” —1 Thessalonians 5:18

God bless you and have a wonderful Thanksgiving,

Chaplain Steve

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