This year has been crazy and filled with so many unexpected events. This year seems to have hit on all levels; pandemics, elections, natural disasters, etc.
Unexpected to us? Yes.
Unexpected to God? Never.
In honor of Thanksgiving, today I’m sharing 7 scriptures for thanksgiving. Whether it is a beautiful sunrise or a good test result back from the doctor, there is always something to give thanks for. Even in these uncertain times, we should still be thankful. After all, the very things we take for granted someone else is praying for…
- “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” – 1 Chronicles 16:34 (NIV)
- “Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.” – Psalm 95:2-3 (NIV)
- “Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.” – Psalm 107:8-9 (NIV)
- “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” – Psalm 100:4 (NIV)
- “All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” 2 Corinthians 4:15-16 (NIV)
- “…give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV)
- ” Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” – Colossians 3:16-17 (NIV)
One worship song I have been loving recently, is “Blessed Assurance.” This is a hymn that I recently discovered was a favorite of my great-grandmother (whom I never got the chance to meet.) This hymn reminds us to praise Jesus all day long as we have blessed assurance in Him and Him alone. If that doesn’t give you something to be thankful for, I don’t know what does.
No matter where you are in your spiritual walk or if you just stumbled upon this post by happenstance, I hope this post reminds you that thanksgiving is still relevant in hard times such as the present.
No matter what you believe, where you come from, who you voted for, or what you look like, we are all a part of this world and I truly believe that every individual has good intentions and is born without hate in their hearts. At times, we may not go about expressing feelings towards others in the best way and may even end up hurting those we intended to help, solely by our presentation. This Thanksgiving I encourage you to find a common ground with those you have a conflict and agree to disagree. After all, they think their point of view is right just as you do yours.
In conclusion, let us be thankful that we made it through this year and while it was not perfect, be grateful for the valuable lessons it has taught us. I can confidently say that we all have learned at least one or two valuable lessons from 2020. As for me, I have grown more this year in my life than I ever have; for that, and many other reasons, I am thankful.
What is one thing you’re thankful for this year?
Do you have any scriptures or quotes that make you think of Thanksgiving?
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