Thanksgiving is coming!
I love it. It seems to be the one holiday our society just can’t find a way to commercialize.
Thanksgiving’s simplistic roots are found in gratitude to strangers for teaching Pilgrims how to farm. Thanksgiving is a celebration to God for His bountiful provision to the early American settlers. The plentiful, life-giving harvest inspired a Thanksgiving celebration that lasted for days! Thanksgiving is historical, unique, and precious to our story as Americans.
It’s also very biblical.
Many times, in this life, it’s hard to know the “will of God” isn’t it? Should we move? Should we turn down a new job offer? Is it time to have a baby? Can we afford to make changes? What is God’s will?
Well, when it comes to thankfulness, there’s no question as to what God wills us to do.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
There it is. No matter what is going on in your life, He wills you to be thankful. Your path, with all its twists, turns, and rough patches, is known to Him. He has been aware, since before the dawn of time, that there are choices to be made in this life. In His wisdom, He asks us to do something that can’t be touched or measured. Through the trials and joys, we are commanded to be thankful. That’s appropriate, isn’t it? My thankfulness is deepest for the things that can’t be owned or purchased.
A little further on in this same passage, we see, “May God Himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through…” vs.23
To be sanctified is to be set apart for the purpose of the designer. What is your purpose? You have many, I assure you. But one that’s clear, is having a thankful spirit in all circumstances. You were created to be thankful!
Will you surrender to His will this Thanksgiving? Can you commit to be thankful no matter what your circumstance? If you’re having a hard time being thankful, ask Him. All good things come from Him.
Celebrate like a Pilgrim!
He is thankful for you. Now go and be thankful for the countless blessings and provisions He has provided, is providing, and will provide for you! Happy Thanksgiving season sisters, I look forward to hearing about how you are living out His will in your life this Thanksgiving.
Here’s a photgraph of me, with five of the the things I am most thankful for in my life.
2 Cor. 9:15 “Thanks be to God for His inexpressible gift.”
Writing in asnwser to His call, Hosanna Barton.