John Henry Jowett, a theologian who lived from 1864-1923 once wrote, “Life without thankfulness is devoid of love and passion. Hope without thankfulness is lacking in fine perception. Faith without thankfulness lacks strength and fortitude. Every virtue divorced from thankfulness is maimed and limps along the spiritual road.” These words remind us that there are few things more hurtful, more destitute of profit, than the display of an unthankful heart – a heart totally void of any gratitude.
To the church at Thessalonica the apostle Paul wrote, “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (I Thessalonians 5:18). It is God’s will that we give thanks because giving thanks causes us to realize how much we have been blessed. We sometimes sing a song “Count Your Blessings.” The song reminds us to consider God’s goodness toward us, and rightfully so. I would caution against taking the admonition to “count” too literal though, for it’s not possible to count every blessing God has given us. God’s blessings are innumerable!
It is God’s will that we give thanks because giving thanks causes us to realize our dependence upon God. God is the source of every good thing we enjoy. Every blessing we have has come to us from God’s hands (James 1:16-17).
It is God’s will that we give thanks because giving thanks should cause us to become content. When we consider how good God has been to us we learn to focus on what we have, rather than what we do not have (Hebrews 13:5).
Today, I will thank God for all He has done for me!