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A Yearly Reminder
Thanksgiving is one of those holidays that is easy to enjoy. Good food, family time, football, and Charlie Brown are just a few highlights of the holiday for me.
As a lover of the Autumn season, I consider Thanksgiving to be the pinnacle of the fall season. When I was a kid, I would wake up to the smell of an array of amazing dishes that grabbed my taste buds and made my mouth water all day. The smooth Kenny G. collection, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and my dad's melt-in-your-mouth fudge are things I’ll never forget.
More Than A Feast Day
Though Thanksgiving was such a memorable part of my childhood, I never truly understood the connection of the holiday to actually being thankful. Now I think I get it.
Thanksgiving can be a time we set aside to worship and thank God for His generosity. There are hundreds of verses in the Bible that can show us thankfulness, command us to be thankful, or point to the God who is worthy of our thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving can certainly be more than a feast day. As believers, we can use it as a day to display gratitude for the glorious work of our triune God in the salvation of sinners.
The Will Of God
Have you ever wondered what the will of God is for your life? Have you ever prayed for God to reveal His will? Scripture shows us that God has two wills: a revealed will (what we see in scripture) and a hidden will (what we don’t see until it happens).
We often gravitate toward finding the hidden will while neglecting the revealed will, don’t we? The all-knowing God of the universe doesn’t always reveal His intentions to us. We have to trust His wisdom and perfect planning as we walk through life in this fallen world.
We can know the revealed will of God. How? By opening the Bible to passages like 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. Paul wrote, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” We see that thanksgiving is an aspect of God's revealed will for our lives.
Are You Thankful?
Rejoicing, praying, and giving thanks are God’s will. Are you rejoicing? Are you praying without ceasing? Are you thankful? This is God’s will for your life! When you are doing these things you are living as God created you to live!
As we consider being purposeful in celebrating Thanksgiving this year, here are just a few areas worthy of our meditation and prayer:
Start today. Open to John 3:16 and spend 5 or 10 minutes jotting down some meditations on the passage. Pray through those meditations by yourself and with your family.
Fathers, develop a brief devotional to share with the family before Thanksgiving dinner. Mothers, remind your children of the importance of thanksgiving and share why the gospel brings true thanksgiving in our hearts.
Regardless of the season of life you're in, show your loved ones a Christ-centered heart of thanksgiving.
What are some other reasons to be thankful? What passages or works of God make you thankful? Share your thoughts in the comments!
Chrys Jones is a Christian, husband, father of three, pastor, and teacher. He is also a recording artist and producer for Christcentric Records and a book briefer for Accelerate Books. In his free time, Chrys loves to spend time with his family, roast coffee, read good books, and listen to beat tapes and jazz.