I’m sure the turkeys are thawing as you read this and the anticipation is growing for a time where families and friends come together to celebrate and express all that we are thankful for. As christians we know that all that we have to be thankful for is ultimately from God.
I want encourage us this week as we enter into a time of celebrating Thanksgiving to give thanks to God for who He is and what He has done. There are 10,000+ reasons to give thanks to God but for the length of this post I have listed three reasons below.
1. Thank God For His Sovereignty
If you were to look up the word “sovereign” in the dictionary, you would find words and phrases like “superior,” “greatest,” “supreme in power and authority,” “ruler,” and “independent of all others”. To define God’s sovereignty simply is to say that God is in control. Absolutely nothing happens in the universe that is outside of God’s influence and authority. God has no limitations and His will and His ways are never thwarted. God has no Plan B, because He doesn’t need one.
Often times we feel like the world is in great chaos and flux, but when we are reminded of the sovereignty of God we find great comfort in the fact that God is in control and we are a part of a beautiful narrative of redemption and reconciliation. This is happening if we realize it or not and thanks be to God that He is who He says He is and He will do exactly what He says He will do.
“Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.”
“Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose”
Take a moment to consider God’s sovereignty and control over everything.
2. Thank God for His provision
My wife Cora and I have a son who is 8 months old. My son is too young to realize when I give him a gift. What I hope happens one day is that when he gets older and I’m able to give him a basketball, baseball, or toy of some sort that he would love that toy, that he would enjoy that toy, that he would be thankful for that toy, that he would tell everybody about his favorite toy. That He would say my daddy got this for me. My daddy loves me. My daddy is there for me. I love this toy because it’s from my dad!
In Matthew 7:11 Jesus says that,
“If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:11, ESV)
I love my son. I want to give everything to my son, but I’m selfish and I grow weary. I let him down, but our heavenly Father NEVER grows weary or tired and always desires to provide for us. In every moment God provides for us. He is the great provider and all good gifts comes from Him. The greatest gift that God can give us is Himself and thats the greatest news of the gospel, that we get God.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
“Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”
Take a moment to consider God’s provision in your life.
3. Thank God for His kindness
It is God’s kindness that urges us to come to repentance. The more we learn about God’s kindness, the more we are drawn to the wonderful gift He offers us—salvation through Jesus Christ. To be aware of our sin and see it as sin against God and sin against one another is evidence of God’s kindness in our lives. This encounter leads us to repent of our sin and turn to God for greater delight in Him. Praise be to God that He shows us our sin through the means of Him displaying His kindness towards us.
“Or do you despise the riches of His kindness, restraint, and patience, not recognizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?”
Take a moment to consider God’s kindness in your life and where He is leading you to repentance.
Thank god for…
Find some time this week to thank God for these reason as well as other reasons that you come up with. Think of His promises, His power, His holiness, His Word. We have many reasons to be thankful to God. Let’s spend our lives as well as our eternities thanking God for who He is and what He has done.
I hope that you have a wonderful thanksgiving with friends and family. Happy Thanksgiving!
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! (1 Corinthians 15:57)