The notion to "Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (I Thess. 5:18 NIV), runs contrary to human nature.
As Thanksgiving Day approaches, there are many reasons or "circumstances" to be anxious, overwhelmed and fearful. An uncertain economy, an electorate seemingly obsessed with removing God and biblical values from our culture and deteriorating world conditions do not, on their own, invoke a spirit of thanksgiving.
However, the scriptural truth is to be thankful "in" all circumstances, not "for" all circumstances.
This week is a good time to lift our eyes above the circumstances and look at the bigger picture---the eternal one. You will be surprised at the reasons for giving thanks. Think about it.
One that looms above all others: God loves you. So much so that He sent His Son to pay the price for your sin. In accepting His Son, you are forgiven, pardoned, redeemed, restored...and have eternal life.
The God who created the universe, has made promises to you--personally, and He will keep those promises.
This week would be an excellent time to review those promises. And to remember the kingdoms of man rise and fall, but the kingdom of God is forever and ever.
A hymn written by J.S. Bach "Now Thank We All Our God" was his attempt to illustrate the greatness of God in his expression of thanksgiving.
While this organ rendition doesn't include guitars and drums, it will lift your spirit. Click the link above and invest 3:58 minutes of your time.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.