When I think about thanksgiving, I often ask myself what am I thankful for. I know for many, Thanksgiving has become more of a crazy busy time, and being thankful may not be the first thing that comes to many peoples’ minds. But, have you ever thought what might be different if more of us would just slow down and say, I will be thankful? To make it our aim to be thankful on the day that bears the name Thanksgiving. To give thanks for God, family, friendships, a home, and food. If I really think about it, I can always find things to be thankful for.
Some of you may say, well my life is a mess, my health is not good, my family has fallen apart, my job is not fulfilling. So why should I be thankful? I’m not going to pretend that those things aren’t hard and don’t hurt because they do.
I will say though that you don’t have to lose heart. There is a God who can bring you though all of those things and show you how to be thankful in the midst of your circumstances. I have found in my own life when I have nothing else, I always have the God who can change my perspective, who can bring hope. I also believe that true thankfulness is very difficult without hope.
So, my hope for you this thanksgiving is that you will be more thankful than you have ever been. More thankful than your circumstances and that the God of hope will be on your mind as you approach this Thanksgiving. If nothing else, that you will be thankful that He loves you, that He is for you, and He is fighting for you, even when you can’t see it. He is worthy to be thankful for.
Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.