Monday, November 19, 2012

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks to God!

           Thanksgiving Day - it's almost here!  I can hardly wait!  Turkey!  Stuffing!  Cranberries!  Pies!  Football!  Family and Friends!  Thanksgiving Day - What a great day it is!  It is truly a wonderful holiday; filled with many traditions.
On Thanksgiving Day we hear a lot about what we have to be thankful for.  It is easy for us to look around and point to the bounty that we enjoy.
What we don't hear much about on Thanksgiving Day is talk about who we are to thank for this bounty.  A few bold commentators on television will mention the fact that it is God who is to receive our thanks.  Others simply hope that their audience will enjoy "Turkey Day" and not eat too much.
We call Thanksgiving Day by that name for it is a day set aside to give thanks.  Why is it that so many don't know whom to thank?  Some merely thank their  LUCKY STARS.  They are filled with thanks that all has gone well, their investments have brought them a profit and they are in good health.  They just don't know whom to thank.
Some simply take the credit for themselves.  "Look what I have done!"  "I've worked hard and it's paid off.  I have a nice home, two cars and I am financially secure.  I have my family and health.  What more could I want?"
But that is not the purpose of Thanksgiving Day.  It's a day to give thanks to God.  God is the source of our blessings!  God is the one who gives us good health.  God is the one who helps us when we are ill.  God is the one who makes the rich and the one who sustains the poor.  God is the one who blesses our homes and marriages, the one who allows our investments to multiply, and gives us every other blessing we possess.  It all comes from God.
The psalmist, David, says it well; "The eyes of all look to you and you give them their food at the proper time.  You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing." (Psalm 145:16)
David knew where his blessings came from and he knew whom to thank for them.  It is the Lord and the Lord alone who is to receive credit.
But, we miss an important part of this thanksgiving if we only thank God for the blessings we can see.  The greatest blessing of all is the forgiveness of our sins.  Forgiveness of sins, eternal life, and salvation!  These are the greatest blessings of all.
This Thanksgiving Day, let us not get so wrapped up in the celebration and the traditions that we forget what this day is all about.  "O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good and his mercy endures forever!" (Psalm 118:1)