As Thanksgiving Day quickly approaches, it will undoubtedly bring with it good food and good times with family and friends. Many of us will have several days off of work and will enjoy the luxury of much-needed rest and relaxation. And while all of these scenarios are good ones to which each of us looks forward, it is important that we not lose sight of one fact: God's greatness is not confined to the fourth Thursday in November and neither should our thanksgiving be.
When you pause to bless the Lord and forget none of His benefits (Psalm 103:2 NKJV), it is easy to recognize that He is worthy of all our praise -- every day! For me, I cannot forget how He sent His Son to pay my sin debt and spared my soul from a burning Hell, and I'm thankful! My mind won't stop recounting the many times I couldn't see a way out and He stepped in right on time, and I'm thankful! I've tried to understand how One so perfect can love someone like me -- with all of my human frailties and failures, and I'm thankful! And for as much as I've been through, I am convinced that there's a host of things He mercifully blocked, and for that, I'm thankful!
William Arthur Ward said, "Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it." I don't know what the Lord has done for you but whatever it is, you would do well to give Him thanks. Express your gratitude, for He is awesome, kind, and merciful. He blesses us even when we least deserve it and always stands ready to forgive our sins. As you fellowship with family and friends and enjoy the feast that will be before you, be sure to give thanks to the One who makes it all possible. He is worthy and we should freely give Him our highest praise, each and every day! "Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever." (Psalm 136:1, 2 NKJV)