Luke 17:12-18 says, “And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go show yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.” Amazing. All ten had received the blessings of God. All ten took part in God’s provision. Only one bothered to thank Him. There’s nothing new under the sun.
Unthankfulness is a sign of the times. It is listed as a common trait among men in the last days (1Tim 3:1-5), and it is certainly true. Unthankfulness is a sign of a reprobate mind (Rom 1:18-21). To be unthankful is to be in bad company for sure. Each breath is a gift from God, but many are not the least bit thankful. They never glorify God when things are going well. That’s counted as coincidence, chance, or their own hard work. However, let something terrible happen, and many cry, “Why, God, why?”, as though He’s responsible. Why is it always God’s fault when things go wrong, but when things go well, He has nothing to do with it (in their mind, of course)? It is demonic. Satan wants God’s glory, and he laughs when people blame God for the bad, and give Him no thanks for the good.
Thanksgiving is more than just a holy day – it is a holy way. There is no time, no place, no circumstance in which we are not to give God thanks, no exceptions. You want proof? Out of the mouth of two or three witnesses, let every word be established (2Cor 13:1). Eph 5:20 “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;” 1Th 5:18 “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” Col 3:17 “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” Not only are we to always give thanks, but we are to do it willingly (Lev 22:29).
The following is a little poem I found that I believe will bless you: “For all the gifts that Thou dost send, For every kind and loyal friend, For prompt supply of all my need, For all that is good in word or deed, For gift of health along life's way, For strength to work from day to day-
I give Thee humble thanks. For ready hands to help and cheer, For listening ears Thy voice to hear, For yielded tongue Thy love to talk, For willing feet, Thy paths to walk, For open eyes Thy Word to read, For loving heart, Thy will to heed- I give Thee humble thanks. For Christ who came from heaven above, For the cross and His redeeming love, For His mighty power to seek and save, For His glorious triumph o'er the grave. For the lovely mansions in the sky, For His blessed coming bye and bye- I give Thee humble thanks.”
Here are the Colossians 1-2-3s of thanksgiving: Give God thanks (Col 1:12)! Abound in thanksgiving (Col 2:7)! Be ye thankful (Col 3:15)! Don’t let a rock out-thank you (Lk 19:40)! Praise God’s Holy Name! Let giving of thanks be what is named among you (Eph 5:1-4)! I would encourage you to read the following verses with passion! Shout them out! Preach them like there is no tomorrow! (Heb 13:15, Psa 95:1-2, 100:1-5, 107:21-22, 147:7, Ezr 3:11, Rev 7:12).
It is so important to be thankful. It’s good for your physical, mental, and emotional health. We have so much to be thankful for. I would encourage you to make a list of every single blessing in your life - right down to your eyes that you have been able to read this with. Or your ears, that you have been able to hear it read. I believe an attitude of gratitude will determine your altitude. Remember, although Thanksgiving Day is a wonderful national holiday, it should truly be celebrated every day by the Christian. We have more to be thankful for than anyone in the world! In everything, give thanks! Until next time, rejoice in The Lord!