Some thoughts on giving thanks…

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his faithful love endures forever” (Psalm 118:1 HCSB)

Giving thanks is a common theme throughout Scripture. God’s people everywhere are giving thanks for his work on their behalf, and when they pass their faith story on to the next generation they give thanks for God’s past faithfulness. Part of remembering who we are and where we’ve come from is about giving thanks for those who have gone before you. In this case, all through the Scriptures, God has directed the steps of man from the land of Ur, to Egypt, out of Egypt, though the wilderness and into the Promised Land. You could make the case, we aren’t really living if we aren’t thanking God for his protection, provision and purpose.

Throughout this season of thanks, I have been reminded of a couple of things from Scripture about thanks giving:

  • When we give thanks to the Lord we acknowledge that we aren’t God. That is okay! We don’t do so good when we try to be God. The psalmist reminds us “the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it” (Psalm 24:1)
  • When we give thanks to God we are expressing our faith, trust and dependence in the Lord.
  • When we give thanks to the Lord we join a great cloud of witnesses that have gone before us. Their stories encourage us, inspire us, and challenge us.
  • When we give thanks to the Lord we have better attitudes. When we have better attitudes we are more enjoyable to be around

About Jason Retherford

The random musings of a youth minister.
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