One of the books I’ve read lately is Why We’re Not Emergent: By Two Guys Who Should Be. The authors Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck mention that in Hollywood, it is popular to be searching for God…it just isn’t good when you find Him. Similarly, it is chic to be thankful. However, when you mention Who you are thankful to, well, that crosses the line.
I am afraid that many Christians in America today are just that: “Thankful.” Thankful, that’s it–No mention of the One to whom we should be thankful.
One of my Favorite Hymns in the Baptist Hymnal (1991) is Let All Things Now Living. It is widely regarded as a Thanksgiving Hymn (whole text here). I find the first section of verse two to be most helpful to me:
His law he enforces, the stars in their courses
And sun in its orbit obediently shine;
You know, there are many people who are thankful for the Sun, the Moon, and the Stars. Yet they are not thankful to God for the Sun, Moon, and Stars.
This is superficial, not true, thankfulness.
To be truly thankful, you must be thankful to the One who gives you that for which you are thankful.
1 Timothy 6:13, Romans 4:17, Job 12:10, James 1:7, and Acts 17:25 tells us that it is God is the One who gives life. So, whether it is admitted around the turkey or not, we must be thankful to God. If we are not thankful to God, we are not truly thankful.
It is my hope that Christians will realize this and will start to be more thankful people, but in the right way. All Christians must actively thank God.
If you woke up this morning, if you’ve returned from the “Black Friday” shopping safely, if you have a wonderful family–all of that is God’s doing. You did not do that yourself; God blessed you. Therefore, He is the One to whom we must all be thankful.