Are you thankful for God’s for blessings? Throughout the Bible, God reminds his people of their need to be thankful and grateful. They are interchangeable. Both mean: to feel or show appreciation for a kindness; to express gratitude. He does not require this from us, God’s love is great, and he cannot help but pour out his blessings on us. It is his nature. He does not need our thanks, but if we truly acknowledge all he has done and appreciate his love and care for us, we should express that in our words and actions. The fact is our thankfulness is a form of worship.
God wants to provide for us. He’s very generous with his blessings. The problem is, we don’t always see events in our lives as blessings or even that God gave them to us.There are even times we don’t want what he wants to give or how he wants to give it. He knows the future and in his great love there are times he chooses a different path for us simply because he knows the one we want will not be pleasant or good for us. Of course when this happens, many of us throw a tantrum. Many curse God and walk away.
I’ve had my own hissy fits. God didn’t do things as I wanted and I got mad. Looking back, though I wouldn’t have chosen this path, it led to growth in the Lord I doubt I would have had, if not for the trial. God expanded my knowledge and understanding of who he is and how much he truly loves me. For that I’m eternally grateful. I’m sure if you take the time, you too will see God’s hand on your life.
There are so many things we should be thankful for, our family, friends, job, co-workers, and our country. Growing up with freedom to learn about Jesus without persecution is a blessing. I understand that can change at any time, but hide the Word in our heart, and no one will ever be able to take it from you. This doesn’t mean memorizing lots of scripture, though that is good. It means understand the Word and allowing it to change your life.
Thanksgiving has past, but as we begin to celebrate the birth of Jesus with family and friends, take time to acknowledge God and thank him for all the many blessings he has given you, especially the birth of our Lord Jesus. It’s the least we can do for our loving Father God who is so wonderful.