Psalm 30:12, “O LORD my God, I will give thanks to you forever”
Hebrews 13:15, “Let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name”
If you haven’t read the book of Habakkuk in awhile, I would urge you to read the words contain in the three short chapters from this Prophet. As we prepare to set down to a traditional feast of turkey on Thanksgiving Day with all the trimmings this Thanksgiving Day, I was reminded of this book. Compared with the poverty of many of the world’s people today, as Americans we are very wealthy. The prophet Habakkuk was awaiting the destruction of his country by the ruthless Chaldeans, whose army was called by God to punish His people for their disobedient and evil ways (Habakkuk 1:5-6).
He said, “Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD (Habakkuk 3:17-18). These words my beloved should make us stop and ask, “Are we thankful to God regardless of what He gives or withholds from us?”
Here Habakkuk pondered how he would respond to the loss of every material blessing. He concluded, “I will joy in the God of my salvation” (v. 18). Our circumstances may change, but God remains the same because He is unchangeable. There are always reasons for thanksgiving and being thankful. So, I would urge you to take a few moments to reflect on:
His SOVEREIGN control over our circumstances;
His HOLY character in spite of our sinfulness;
His COMMITMENT to us even when we wander astray;
His ETERNAL and Precious Word that gives us direction and purpose;
His LOVE that holds us close;
His GENTLE compassion in our sorrows;
His CONSISTENT faithfulness through our highs and lows;
His STRONG “no” when we need to hear it;
His SURPRISING “yes” when we lack the faith to believe it;
His WISE “wait” when we are impatient and rash;
His UNDERSTANDING when we are confused;
His SPIRIT that enlightens our eyes;
His GRACE that removes our guilt.
True thankfulness is more than being grateful for what we possess. It’s an attitude that permeates our relationship with the Lord so that we may serve Him with gladness and joy. Thank You, Lord, for all You are, all You do, all You say. If we were unable to look up into Your face, Thanksgiving would be just another day.
For the Christian, Thanksgiving is not just a day but a way of life.