Giving thanks is the natural response to some favor received. It is
ingratitude to be thankless. Not to give thanks is the sign of pride and
ego. If we are thankful to our fellow beings, how much more we should be to
our Creator who has blessed us richly in different ways.
observed as a national festival only in North America (the second Monday of
October in Canada and the fourth Thursday in America)' This is the
remembrance of the rich blessings that the first settlers (pilgrims as they
are called, thinking that they were making pilgrimage to the "promised land
of milk and honey") received in the early days of their settlement. It was
begun by the Plymouth settlers at the end of their harvest, as harvest
festival. They gathered in groups to thank God for blessing them at their
hard labor and sufferings of their early days.
Thanksgiving has a spiritual implication. The Psalmist asks his soul to
praise the Lord for the benefits. In Psalm 116:8 he says from what all he
was delivered. The first and the foremost benefit that he received from God
was the forgiveness of sin. "He delivered my soul from death." This is the
deliverance from the spiritual death. "The wages of sin is death." (Romans
6:23) We are sinners by birth and by our deeds. So we are destined for
spiritual death and eternal condemnation. But God, in His mercy, paid off
our wages by forgiving it through the death of Jesus on the cross. Jesus
took our death on His body and set us free. We must greatly be grateful to
The second benefit is the deliverance form problems.. "He delivered my
eyes from sorrows. This is the deliverance from our sufferings, trials and
sorrows.. If we look back to our lives we can easily see that God delivered
us many a times from our troubles (sickness, dangers, economic and other
problems) and kept us happy. It is not our doing but His Mercy and love. But
we have a tendency to forget this and live as if it is our making. We must
be thankful to God for His great love and concern for us.
The third benefit is giving a victorious life. "He delivered my feet from
stumbling." This is the victory over temptations. In this life we face many
temptations; spiritual, mental and of the flesh. Our own strength is not
sufficient enough to overcome them. We need the Grace of God. A successful
Christian is a victorious Christian. Whether being addicted to some bad
habits or enslaved by satanic power only God can give us victory.
Not only that God did some thing for us in the past, but He has promised us
that He does bless us now and also the days to come. In Psalm 103 the
Psalmist enumerates these promises in verses 3 to 5. He says :
1. "He forgives all your sins." This is the promise to pardon even
our sins in the future.
2.' He heals all your diseases". God promises to heal all our
diseases completely; whether physical, mental, emotional or spiritual.
The only condition is that we have to take them to Him in faith.
3. "He redeems your life from the pit." This means that a life so
dirty and out cast is redeemed by rescuing,,, cleaning and reforming it.
In Isaiah God says, "though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as
white as snow; though red as crimson, they shall be like wool." (Isaiah
1:18) He removes the stains of sin in our lives by washing with the
blood of Jesus shed on the cross.
God not only removes the negative things from our lives but also blesses
and enriches us with positive gifts.
1. "He crowns you with love and compassion"
2. "He satisfies with all good things "
3. "He renews the youth like the eagle's."
Some times He withholds blessings as He knows that it may help us to draw
closer to Him. His plans are wiser than ours. Still we must be happy and
How great is our God who benefits us with spiritual, mental, physical and
material blessings. So it is only our duty and right to thank Him. We have
to reciprocate for the good things that we receive and things that are
promised. But we humans cannot equal Him in giving. Humans usually give back
equal gifts. But the most cherished return for our benefits from God is our
But how should we thank Him ? The Psalmist gives how he thanks, which is
a very exemplary way of doing it. He says," How can I repay for His goodness
to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.
I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of his people" In another
translation it says, "I will bring a wine offering to the Lord to thank Him
for saving me" (Psalm 116:12-14) The best return for the goodness that we
receive from our God is to go to Him and accept the salvation that His son
Jesus brought for us; by His death and praise Him before His people as a
testimony so that others may also come to this salvation.
This is the meaningful THANKSGIVING. It should not end up with "Turkey,
corn and wine."
Comforting Thoughts When You Face Obstacles
Our strength and comfort comes from our Lord. He is our strength
and refuge. He is a God of sympathy and understanding. He knows
our hurt and loneliness. He knows how we feel.
What Does Trusting God Mean?
Wouldn't it be wonderful if we had no problems and no uncomfortable situations in life? Someday, when we all get to heaven, that's the way it will be. Until then, the closest thing to heaven is keeping God first in our lives, helping other people, and being in a complete state of trusting God.
The greatest power in the world is not the Hydrogen bomb, but it is the
redeeming love of God. The Hydrogen bomb may destroy the whole world but
only the redeeming love of God can make it anew.