Give Thanks, why and then what?


It is thanksgiving day … a day wherein we remember the various things that we are thankful for and spend our time with our family and friends. The Bible innumerably counsels us that we ought to give thanks to the Lord, our God, for he is good and his mercy endures forever.

While it is certainly apt for us to express our gratitude for God’s goodness and his enduring merciful nature, what other reason is given to us, as to why we must give thanks.

We must give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning us (1 Thessalonians 5:18). So it is pretty clear that to give thanks is to conform to God’s will for us. So now that we know why we must give thanks, what are we required to do upon giving thanks? We must make known his deeds among the people (1 Chronicles 16:8).

Points to ponder:
This thanksgiving, are you in God’s will? i.e., are you giving thanks? Also, in addition to giving thanks, are you making known his deeds to the people around us?  In other words, this thanksgiving, let us remember to be in God’s will and do God’s work.

1 Thessalonians 5:8 (KJV)
18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

1 Chronicles 16:8 (KJV)
Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.

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