The last quarter of the year is probably one of my favorite times of the year.
The days are cooler, the leaves start to change color and the days become shorter.
Days spent basking in the warm summer sun are replaced by crisp mornings and the raking of piles of leaves to be destroyed by rambunctious children.
It’s also a time to start reflecting on the year that seems to have flown by and is quickly coming to an end.
Halloween will breeze by and soon it will be Thanksgiving.
A time filled with the 3 F’s: food, family, and football.
But as a Christian what does Thanksgiving really mean?
What should it be about?
According to dictionary.com thanksgiving is,” the act of giving thanks, grateful acknowledgment of benefits or favors, especially to God.”
Merriam-Webster.com says something similar,” a public acknowledgment of celebration of divine goodness.”
In essence, Thanksgiving is a time for us to reflect on all that God has done for us this year and to show our gratitude to Him.
When I think about giving God thanks it’s usually for the things that he has done for me: good health, keeping my family safe, financial blessing, etc.
It’s easy to remember the material blessings that God provides for us, but what about the other blessings?
I decided to search the scriptures to find out if there were other reasons to give him thanksgiving.
Based on my research I found 11 scriptures on why we should thank God this Thanksgiving.
11 Reasons to Thank God This Thanksgiving
1. We are Joint Heirs with Christ.
Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. Ro 8:17
2. We Will Receive an Unshakable Kingdom.
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, … Heb 12:28
3.For His Righteousness
I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High. Ps 7:17
4.For His Wonderful Deeds.
I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. Ps 9:1
5.Because He is Good (this one was mentioned twice!)
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Ps 107:1
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever. Ps 136:1
6. He Gives Us Victory
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Co 15:57
7. For His Grace And Mercy
Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Heb 4:6
8.For His Enduring Love
Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever. – Psalm 136:26
9. For His Faithfulness
If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself. 2 Ti 2:13
10. For his forgiveness
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
11. For the Gift of Salvation
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Eph 2:8-9
I’m sure there are many other reasons listed in the bible for us to give God thanks.
As we approach the holiday season and Thanksgiving take time out to reflect on all that God has done for you this year.
Give him thanks for what he has done, for who he is, and for the gracious gift he has given us through Christ Jesus.
Now it’s your turn.
Why wait until Thanksgiving to share what God has done for you.
Share with me what God has done for you this year? Or share with me 1 more reason to thank God.
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Until Next Time,