Many people are preparing their homes for Thanksgiving. I think that the average American has lost sight of the true meaning. It’s become “Turkey Day” or a day for watching great football games. But many have erased God from the picture.
The world we live in is so uncertain. Finances, healthcare, government, crime, terrorists…society is on the edge of their seat. How can we be thankful in a time like this? The fact is, if we want to live victoriously, then it’s all about thankfulness. Here are some things to think about as we head into this holiday.
…give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
First of all, giving thanks is God’s will. It doesn’t matter what you’re going through – good times or bad. Notice that He doesn’t say for all things, but in all things. We shouldn’t be moved by the visible. We must keep our eyes on the eternal.
The ups and downs of society and the weather are all temporary. In any situation I find myself in, I can give thanks and I’m in the will of God for me.
…always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
This is a poor translation. The verse literally says always giving thanks OVER everything.
Giving thanks raises you over the situation. In the name of Christ we’re above our circumstances.
We see the problems and they look so big. Like the Israelites who spied out the Promised Land. They saw the giants. But Joshua and Caleb were looking through eyes of thankfulness because God was giving them the land.
It doesn’t matter how big the mountain is thankfulness puts you over it.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Giving thanks results in the peace of God. The literal Greek of this verse says that when you offer up thanksgiving in a worrisome situation then the peace of God will hold you above all understanding.
Then it will guard you; like having sentries all around you. It’s the peace OF GOD that will hold you above the circumstance.
He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God.
Giving thanks prepares you for victory. You need to be prepared to receive God’s blessing. That’s the rule in the kingdom of God.
Somewhere along the way we’ve missed it. We’ve let the selfishness of society mold our thinking.
“When somebody does something nice, you thank them.”
Thankfulness after the fact is based upon doubt. The kingdom of God is based on faith. When do you thank God for your food – after you receive it? No – we see the food, thank God, and receive it.
By faith we see the answer to our need, thank God, and THEN receive it. This holiday, be thankful – future tense.
Question: What are the future blessings that you’re thanking God for right now?
© Nick Zaccardi 2015