When I worked full time, I passed a church sign that read something like this, ‘Have you thanked God today?’ The sign was really convicting and I drove by it often. I don’t know about you, but I complain way too much about things. You can’t be complaining and thankful at the same time.
We’re not Thankful
We humans can be pretty unthankful. Just think how often we complain about things on a daily basis. The service is too slow at the local fast food restaurant. The guy in front of me just cut me off. I don’t get paid enough for what I do. The preacher preached too long. I am really sick of this weather – too cold – too hot – too much rain – too much snow – not enough sun etc. etc. When we get caught up in our complaining and our not so perfect life, it becomes pretty difficult to see God let alone thank Him.
He Provided Redemption for Us
Well there are some that might say, “Thank Him for what?” I would say because, “He is kind to the unthankful and evil.” Luke 6:35 The very people that would curse Him… those that would deny his existence, to them He is kind. How amazing is that! Yet even more amazing is that He continues to be kind to those that know Him and yet often times fail to offer up the thanks that He deserves. He “demonstrated His own love towards us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). Where would we be without His Son and His plan of salvation in Him and Him alone? That in and of itself should be enough for us to offer up our continual thankfulness and praise. “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!”(II Cor. 9:15)
He Gave Us Life
But we also have Him to thank for our very existence; the life that we have. “Know that the Lord is God; It is He who made us and not we ourselves…Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting and His truth endures to all generations.” Psalm 100: 3-5
He Owns Everything
He created the universe and He owns it all. He made it and has given us temporary stewardship over it. Once I heard a pastor exclaim, “How much of what you have will you have a hundred years from now?” It is all His – house, property, cars, clothes, etc.
We Need to Thank Him
Often I hear someone say that they are so thankful for something. Typically they never finish the sentence. I wonder, “Thankful to who?” Well I am going to make it my purpose to thank Him more often -for salvation; for life; for Him. And maybe one day I will be able to give thanks in everything because that is His will for us (I Thess. 5:18). What about you? Have you thanked God today?