“Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:20
It is interesting to note that Thanksgiving Day, as we know it, began back in 1621 when the Pilgrims gave thanks to God for His bountiful blessings in the midst of their struggle to settle the New World. . . America. Faced with intolerable hardships, sickness, and death, they still were thankful to God.
In the impoverished nation of Haiti recently, joy was being expressed by believers in a church as they sang these words:
“Give what you have and the Lord will give you more; Give what you have for there’s plenty more in store; If you’ll give what you have, He will open heaven’s door; Give what you have to the Lord!”
Though they seemed to have little in earthly possessions to give, they gave their thanks and praise to God with joyful hearts and were rich in the peace, joy, and comfort of the Lord.
Perhaps it is tribulation that causes the heart to GROW in thanksgiving. Regardless, your expression of thanks to God is an act of GIVING. Will you make a deliberate decision to express your love and thanks to Him this season?
PRAY: “Father, I willingly give You thanks for all You have done and for what You have promised to do in my life. Let me see Your sovereign hand in all things. Amen.”