Lacy Hardee

Thanksgiving – it’s a special time often lost in today’s commercial world. It’s a very important time in American history, and needed to bring thanks back to the One who makes everything possible. Don’t miss it this year and head straight into Christmas without thanking God for His good gifts.

All through the Bible we find recognition of the power of thankfulness for God and others.

In Derek Hill’s study of “What Does The Bible Say About Giving Thanks?” Hill expresses that

giving thanks is an attitude that shows maturity in our walk with the Lord.

The Psalmist wrote: “I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart.” (Psalm 9:1a) We can choose to grumble or we can choose to give thanks for what we have, be it a little or a lot.

As Paul said, “For I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” (Philippians 4:11b) Paul is an extremely reliable person on this topic. He was in prison much of his life and also ridiculed by many men of his day for his faith in God.

Paul said, “I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.” (Galatians 6:17b) Being persecuted as he was, he always found time to give thanks. (Ephesians 1:16, Philippians 1:3, Colossians 1:3). One of my favorite verses is 1 Thessalonians 5:18: “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Hill’s study showed a number of points in God’s Word about thankfulness. First of all, being thankful is constant (Colossians 3:17). Giving thanks is commanded (1 Thessalonians 5:18). We should be thankful when praying. Our God is good all of the time, God is worthy of our thanks (Psalm 106:1), and there are consequences to not being thankful. Yes consequences. “For although they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks to Him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” (Romans 1:21)

If you choose to not give thanks to God, you are in for much trouble. Your thinking will become futile. Your heart will become darkened. Remember Pharaoh from Exodus? God hardened his heart and the results were devastating. Pharaoh lost his first-born son. (Exodus 12:29) He lost much of his army in the Red Sea. (Exodus 14:26-30) When you choose to puff yourself up and leave God behind, you will face calamity eventually.

Below is a list of verses related to the virtues of thankfulness. Please enjoys God’s Word and be thankful, truly thankful for the God we serve.

Bible verses for Thanksgiving:

Psalm 106:1- “Praise ye the Lord; for He is good: for His mercy endureth forever.”

This means that we should thank God everyday and for everything because He is merciful. By giving thanks to Him you will never feel away from God.

Phil. 4:6 – “We tell God our problems, making our requests known to Him with thanksgiving.”

This means through thanksgiving, we can offer our prayers to God Who will know what our problems are.

Thessalonians 5:18 – “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God.”

This verse talks about the power of faith and thanksgiving. It says that you must believe in God’s will and should trust Him because only He knows what is good for you. Once you start trusting His will, you will give thanks for everything that happens.

Psalms 50:14 – “Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most high”

According to this Thanksgiving thought in the Bible, it is believed that God commands us to be thankful so that we are humble enough to offer our gratitude towards the Almighty Who protects us.

Psalms 92:1- “It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto Thy Name, O Most High”

In this Bible verse, thanksgiving is believed to be a good thing and this habit of thanking and praising the Lord should be inculcated.

Colossians 3:17 – “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the Name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him.”

This verse shows the strength and power that Jesus provides to all the people who believe Him and thus, it is said that whatever we do, we do it though Jesus. So, we should thank Him for loving us.

Psalms 140:1 – “Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto Thy Name: the upright shall dwell in Thy presence.”

This beautiful verse from the Psalm tells us about the power of Thanksgiving. It says that if you are thankful to God, He will always be with you. You can feel His presence by giving thanks.

Thanksgiving does not only bring us closer to people, but also to God. Share these Thanksgiving thoughts in the Bible with your friends and make your life more beautiful.

Giving thanks is something that should be a part of every Christian’s life.

Think of things today that you can be thankful for and think about them as much as possible.

Give thanks to God for all He has blessed you with. He is worthy of all of our praise. God bless you as you live a life worthy of the calling.

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