characterize one’s life
in all circumstances
Editor, The News:
November is the month America celebrates Thanksgiving.
However, what is Thanksgiving? Is it just a name for a fall holiday or is there something more important than turkey, family gatherings, and a host of associated activities?
Biblically speaking, thanksgiving is directed primarily toward God in the giving of thanks and praise. In other words, God is the object of our appreciation.
The simple fact is all we are and all we experience comes from God. None of us would exist apart from God giving us life and a measure of health. All that we possess comes from Him; all that we hope to be comes from Him for time and eternity; everything comes from Him including eternal salvation the forgiveness of sin.
In the Bible such terms are given in connection with thanksgiving “thanks,” “thankful,” “grace,” “favor,” “gratitude,” “thankfulness,” “have thankfulness,” “be grateful,” and “praise.” The tone of thanksgiving dominates the prayers of the New Testament. A prayer of thanksgiving is offered in context of a meal. Even Jesus offered prayers of thanksgiving, at a meal, at the tomb of Lazarus, and for the revealing of prophecy.
The Bible depicts thankfulness along with faith and love as the proper response to God’s gifts. God is glorified through the thanksgiving of His people.
Thanksgiving should characterize one’s life in all circumstances. It should mark corporate worship. We have good reason to give thanks for the blessings we have received are superabundant (Philippians 4:6, Colossian 2:7, 1 Thessalonians 2:13, 1 Corinthians 4:16, Ephesians 5:19, 1 Timothy 2:1, and many other passages).
Let this Thanksgiving Day become a new beginning for each of us as we pause to focus upon the One who has given us all for time and eternity – thank you Jesus!
Rev. Max Bungard, pastor
New Castle Bible Church