We are in the season of Thanksgiving. As a nation, we will all slow down (hopefully!) and give thanks. Often, though, we are not looking at Thanksgiving from a Biblical perspective. This Thanksgiving, let’s take a look at some of the Bible says about Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving IN all not FOR all
I think we all have a misconception about what God expects us in the thankfulness process. I think we expect that God wants to to be Thankful for everything. This isn’t true. Let’s look at 1 Thessalonians 5:18
In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
There it is ladies. We are not called to give thanks for everything. We are called to give thanks in everything.
- We are not called to be thankful when someone we love dies. However, we can be thankful in the life that they led, that we be thankful for the time we got to spend with them. We can be thankful in the knowledge that if they knew Christ – they are now in His presence.
- We are not called to be thankful for financial difficulty. However, we are called to be thankful in the circumstance. For when God meets the need. For every small need met.
- We are not called to be thankful for hard times in relationships. However, we can be thankful in the hard times.
Thankfulness isn’t always about being thankful for what we are going through – but about the God who is getting us through it.
Thanksgiving: An Attitude of Praise
The more we look through scripture, the more we see that Thanksgiving was an attitude of praise. The people thanked God as part of their praise to Him. Our God is worthy of our praise. No matter what we are going through – He is still faithful. No matter how hard or bad life gets, God is still good. We can have a biblical perspective on thanksgiving when we focus on praising God. In order to do this we must:
- Take our eyes off of yourself – We can do this two ways.
- By looking to God. He is so good. Turn our eyes back on Him and on the eternal.
- By looking at ways we can help others. When we help others, we often gain an attitude of gratitude. It helps us remember what we have to be thankful for.
- Tuning out the noise – This is more than just music or television. Turn off social media. Unplug. You will be shocked at what it does for your attitude!
- Study scripture – Make sure you are taking the time to get into the Word each day. Cultivate that relationship.
Thanksgiving Starts with Peace
As I was preparing “A Thankful Heart” , I began to study out where peace began. Day 1 of the study, I show you where the first mention in scripture is – and it all has to do with the peace of God and our salvation.
Yes, true thankfulness starts with peace – and you can’t have peace without a relationship with God. Knowing the Prince of Peace is truly where it all begins.
Worshiping With My Life,