Yes, I know today, the day this article appears, is not the national day of Thanksgiving. It is, though, like every day for the Christian, a day upon which we should give thanks. (This Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, will also be a thanksgiving day.)
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6). “As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving” (Colossians 2:6, 7).
We quickly come to God when we are in trouble. When we are faced with problems, we pour out our anguish, our fears, our wants, and our needs. We beg. We plead. It is altogether right and proper for us to do so-“cast…all your care upon; for he careth for you” (1 Peter 5:7). However, are we as urgent to give thanks when gifts and blessings shower down upon us, when our hearts are filled with joy and gladness? If not, let us change that. Today, let us change that. Today, let us give thanks. After all, it is a thanksgiving day.
—Larry Ray Hafley; sermonwork.com