According to the calendar, Thanksgiving comes once a year, one day out of 365.
According the God’s Word, thanksgiving should be each and every day. Thanksgiving is a necessary ingredient of a Christian lifestyle, something to be practiced daily.
Psalms, the hymnbook of Israel, replete with praise and thanksgiving to God. I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. (Ps. 9:1) Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. (Ps. 100:4) Open for me the gates of the righteous; I will enter and give thanks to the LORD. (Ps. 118:19) I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation. (Ps. 118:21) At midnight I rise to give you thanks for your righteous laws. (Ps. 119:62) But the most frequent refrain of thanksgiving from the Psalmist is, Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.
In the New Testament, the apostle Paul advises us to “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.” (I Thess. 5:15) In all circumstances, are you serious? A flat tire—yes. My plane is late and I miss my connection—yes. I have health issues—yes. I lose my job—yes. My favorite team loses—yes, even then. Why should we give thanks in all circumstances? Because that is God will for us. To be in God’s will, we must be thankful.
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. (Col. 3:17)
Dr. Wayne Shaw (R-Grove) has been a member of the Oklahoma Senate since 2014. Prior to that he served as the senior pastor at First Christian Church, Grove, for many years.