We may be fortunate in life to have persons who know us well; a parent, childhood friend, spouse or even a colleague of many years.
But no one knows us like our Creator.
He knows our fears, our frailties and our foibles. This is one of the reasons He provided His Word as a guidebook for life.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:18, Paul tells us, “Be thankful in all circumstances. This is what God wants from you in your life in union with Christ Jesus.” (GNB)
Now why would God want us to be thankful? Because He knows its benefits.
Here are just a few:
1. Thanksgiving encourages good mental health. If we focus on all the negativity going on in the world, it will only drag us down. On the other hand, when we focus our attention on our benevolent God, we can have a positive outlook despite the circumstances in which we live. It is difficult to have a heart full of praise and be sorrowful at the same time.
2. Thanksgiving lifts our spirits. As we reflect on our blessings, we are flooded with positive emotions.
3. Thanksgiving improves our relationships. When we express gratitude for what people do for us, our relationships with them flourish.
4. Thanksgiving reduces selfishness. When we consider the way that God has blessed us, our hearts should be moved to reach out and bless others.
5. Thanksgiving reflects the core of what it means to be a Christian. When we recall the reason for Christ coming to this earth, to die for our sins, how can we be anything but grateful?
Friends, God never steers us in the wrong direction.
God urges us to be thankful; not just today, but every single day!