Reasons to give Thanks

Read: 2 Chronicles 5       
November is a month that turns our hearts and minds toward Thanksgiving.  Yes, we should be thankful each month of the year, but following the Fall harvest, the décor and temps, and the many mentions of thankfulness, November is known for the giving of thanks.  However, just like every other month, November has its share of bad news and heartache as well.

Can we find reasons to give thanks in all circumstances as Paul speaks of in 1 Thessalonians?  Sometimes it depends on how we see things.  Pastor Tony Evans tells the story of a man who asked his wife if she would iron his pants for him.  As she ironed them she ended up burning a hole in that brand-new pair of pants that he had just bought.  The husband started to get angry, but then stopped and said, “Lord, thank you that my leg was not in those pants.”  Pastor Evans said, “There is always reason to give thanks.”

No matter what life throws at us, we can always find many things to be thankful for.  The key is focusing on the good and not letting the hard things consume our hearts and minds.  David wanted to build the temple for the Lord in the Old Testament but was told that he must wait and let his son Solomon build it.  Once it was finally built, the Ark of the Covenant was carried in and a great celebration took place.

It says in 2 Chronicles 5:13 that there was music, praise, and thanksgiving lifted to the Lord as that celebration took place.  It took patience, selflessness, and a right attitude on David’s part, so the Lord’s will could be accomplished.  The lesson from that story is that we don’t always see things as the Lord sees them (David died before the new temple was built), but yet we can always see plenty to be thankful for in this life (David gives thanks to the Lord just before he dies) 1 Chronicles 29.

Make it Personal:   As we enter into Thanksgiving this year try to focus on the many things you do have to be thankful for.  Don’t let the hard, difficult, and confusing things blind you from the many wonderful blessings you do have in life.  As the song says, “Count your blessings, name them one by one… and see what God has done.”

Have a great Thanksgiving,  Pastor Glen Rhodes