William Andrew Dillard
THINKING THANKSGIVING DAY
In the context of many Bible verses, those who know and worship God are admonished to be thankful. In a world of sinners in which Satan is god, and humanism is the religion of choice among the disobedient and wayward, evidence of thankfulness can be scarce.
Let the Words of the Psalmist take center stage: “Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. Psalm 100:3-5
Thanksgiving Day in America is set aside by presidential proclamation. It is a federal holiday that most likely will be filled with reveling more than in giving of thanks. That is sad, indeed. America is blessed above all nations on earth, and its people should be the most thankful in spite of huge problems that plague its systems in many ways. However, it is not hard to note the abundance of goodness heaped on the country by the Almighty.
Even the Grinch and the neer-do-well folks have reason to be thankful to God. If for nothing else, the gift of reason alone. Properly understood, this simple fact should drive thankfulness to the top of every person’s heart. When one is thankful, he acknowledges that it is He who has made us and not we ourselves. Thankfulness values human life, not just our own but that of others, and of the unborn, too. Thankfulness worships the Creator in the realization that every good and perfect gift comes to us from the Father of Lights with Whom there is no variableness neither shadow of turning, James 1:17.
To thankful hearts, the focus on Thanksgiving Day is a special blessing. It is not a ritual to indulge in once a year, but a way of life! The emphasis underscores how far, and in what ways, we may have fallen from it, and that is priceless. Thankfulness, like faith, comes through the knowledge and acceptance of the teachings of God’s Word. So it is no surprise discover thankful people being well versed in it.
Arguably, there may have never been a time when the need to experience true thankfulness was greater. May we all stop, reflect, and increase in this special quality of life.