“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
Each year our country sets aside one day of thanksgiving. It started as a time to praise God for all He had done. Its roots go back to some of the first people who survived the new country. Then President Washington declared a day of thanksgiving after the nation was established. But during the civil war, President Abraham Lincoln became the first to declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in1863. It was President Roosevelt, who on December 26th, 1942, signed the resolution establishing the fourth Thursday in November as the Federal Thanksgiving Day holiday.
Now the importance of this day has changed and many now refer to it as Turkey Day. It is more a day to eat and watch football then a day to give thanks to God. But for Christ followers we are commanded to be thankful every day.
Look carefully at the words of the song Thank You by Ben Rector. I think it will help us to see how we can be thankful all the time.
“Thanks for the sunrise. Thanks for the night sky. Thanks for the deepest blue in my daughter's eyes. And thanks for the weekend. Thanks for a good friend. Thanks for "In the High Life Again" Makes me feel alive. It's been too long since we sat down and talked this way. But life is hard Sometimes I don't know what to say. But Thk You, Thank You, Thank You. Oh, for You have been good to me, You have been good, for You have been good to me, You are always good”
Today thank the Lord for who He is and what He has done for you. Obey the command to “Give thanks in all circumstances.” This is what God wants us to do, so let’s do it!
Question: Has God placed a new song in your heart? Are you singing so others hear it?
Challenge: Read and memorize Psalm 150.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for giving me a new song. Help me to sing so other see You and are awed by You and place their trust in You.
Jack Hughes, Chapel Leader -- Clearwater Threshers