“O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.”Psalm 136:1-3
I recently received a gift from my aunt which my dad brought over and placed on my desk. We were hosting a party at the time, so I only took a quick glance and figured I would take a better look at it when the guests left the house. When I got back to the gift, I saw a couple of books, a plaque, and a gift card. My aunt recently has started to buy me books that I can use on our podcast, and in the past, she used to buy me a gift card from a particular store I liked to shop at. My dad advised me there was a gift card in the bag as well that was for me, and I was excited to see it. I pulled out the gift card, but it was not from the usual store. I did not complain as it is a store I like, and I was thankful for the gift.
I meant to write and thank my aunt right away, but I simply forgot to do so and I thanked my uncle whom I saw before I had the chance to write my aunt. When I saw him, it reminded me to write my aunt, so I made sure to send her an email thanking her for the gifts. She wrote me back and told me the gift card was not from her, but I was most welcome for the other items. I had already spent the gift card, and I was not sure who to thank or if the gift card was even meant for me. I forgot to ask my parents if the gift card was for them or if they accidentally bought it for someone else or how I even got it. I am 99% sure my dad said it was for me, but I did not know who to thank. I did nothing for the gift card, but I was the beneficiary and thankful for it. I wish I knew whom to thank, but maybe one day that will come to light.
We live in times when it is easy to find things to complain about and circumstances can be unpleasant. A visit to the grocery store comes at a higher cost than it used to, and the things we all knew were wrong are becoming acceptable in the world’s eyes. What is common sense is no longer common, and you have some stating obvious things that we know are not right and making it seem that we are the crazy ones. We can choose the attitude of doom and gloom, or we can choose to be thankful for the many blessings God has provided. We can choose to give thanks to the Lord because He is good and His mercy endures forever. We have a choice, and as born-again believers, we have a Person to whom we can give thanks.
The world can be thankful during this Thanksgiving time for the obvious blessings God provides to the just and unjust. They can say a nicety at the table when their turn comes prior to tearing into the Thanksgiving dinner, but to whom do they give ultimate praise? Who do they admire and show a grateful heart to? God is the Creator of the universe and all good and perfect gifts come from Him. It is He to whom we give praise and thanksgiving for all things. It is also He who hears our complaints as we cry out to the world instead, not realizing that we have a God who is sovereign and in control of all things. Believers, we are not unknowing who to thank, like me with the gift card, but we have a God whom we should thank for all things. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 states, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
Will you have a heart of thanksgiving this season and throughout the year? Will you give thanks to the Creator of all things or will you take His beauty and bounty for granted? We have a God whom we can thank and a God who loves to hear from His children. I do not have to wonder whom to praise for the wonderful things God has given me, but I know exactly who gives me air to breathe, ears to hear, eyes to see, and a mouth and mind to praise Him. May praise be continuously on our lips, for our God is good all the time. To Him be all the glory and praise for all eternity.