As we think about entering into Thanksgiving Celebration; a time of giving thanks to the Lord for all that we have, our families, jobs and homes. Here are some thoughts concerning the very important truth of giving thanks and the sovereign will of the Almighty in our personal lives.
GIVING THANKS – I Thessalonians 5:18
“give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18, ESV)
- We are commanded to give thanks in all circumstances not for all circumstances
- He expects our gratitude, Luke 17:11-19 “And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”” (Luke 17:12–19, ESV)
- Ingratitude causes hardness of hearts, Rom. 1:21-22 “For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools,”
- Of course we are not to give thanks in our sin
- The power comes with and through the Holy Spirit (being regenerated) Eph. 5:18-20 “… but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,” (Ephesians 5:18–20, ESV)
- Giving thanks accepts God’s Lordship and sovereignty over our lives.
- Giving thanks during hard times demands the right perspective, Rom. 8:18; II Cor. 4:16-17; I Pet. 1:6-7. “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” (Romans 8:18, ESV)
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,” (2 Corinthians 4:16–17, ESV)
“In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 1:6–7, ESV)
- Giving thanks is hindered by:
- Pride – Worldliness – Critical spirit – bitterness
- Spiritual desert or rebellious heart.