Thankfulness

God in His Word, the Bible, commands us to be thankful to Him as God for Who He is and for what He has done and does.  Our Father in Heaven reveals how important this attitude and behavior of thankfulness is by warning us of the dire consequences of not being thankful.

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.  20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.  Romans 1:20-21

Thanklessness towards God as God blinds hearts and minds leaving the thankless in godlessness and foolishness.  To be unthankful towards God for all of His many blessings and His glorious attributes is to be a sinner in wicked rebellion against God.  Those who are thankless give testimony to their wicked rebellion against God.  Atheists are the most glaring example of those who are thankless towards God, and to suppress the knowledge of God in their hearts and minds they have come up with a poisonous doctrine they have propagated and perpetrated against all of mankind, the completely ridiculous and vain theory of evolution which has no shred of evidence and is completely impossible.

Like atheists, those who worship a false god are also unthankful towards God and they too have their minds darkened so they cannot worship the true God, give Him praise, glory and thank Him for His many benefits towards them.  They, instead, worship a god of their own making that is like they are and completely unable to do anything for them.  However, in their minds it is better to worship a false god then to answer to the true God and obey His command to repent of their sins and transgressions and put their faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.

22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.  24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever.  Amen.  26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions.  For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature.  27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.  Romans 1:22-27

The fools who reject the revelation of the Godhead in creation and God in their consciences exchange the truth of God for a lie.  We see this, sadly, happening at an alarming rate within the visible church.  False doctrine, error, and apostasy abound because the truth of God, His holy Word the Bible is under attack from all quarters.  The majority within the visible church prefer the lies of men to the truth of God found only in the Scriptures.  There are those who have reputations as god-fearing evangelicals who will call into question the veracity of the Scriptures or who will contradict what the Scriptures clearly teach.  If a “church” or association of “church-goers” entertain the thought that evolution or even theistic evolution is true, you can be sure, based on the passage above, they will soon descend into gross immorality and even affirm homosexuality as an acceptable alternative life-style rather than the gross sin that it is, forgetting that homosexuality is actually the result of God’s judgment upon those who do not thank Him as God nor give glory to Him as God.  The fact that many within the visible church and even the evangelical church have or are contemplating casting aside the biblical revelation that homosexuality is an abomination before our holy God have disclosed their rejection of the revelation of God given to us in creation, our consciences, the Bible and through His Son Jesus Christ.  They are obviously under God’s judgment for rejecting the truth and championing the lie.

As God’s beloved children, His called out ones, His saints, thankfulness should be the signature of the resurrected life of Christ within us.  There are many instances in the gospel accounts where Jesus Christ, God the Son of God, thanked His heavenly Father as a testimony to those around Him.  Jesus Christ thanked our Heavenly Father as He distributed the loaves and the fishes to the multitudes upon whom He had compassion.

34 Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?”  And they said, “Seven, and a few little fish.”  35 So He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground.  36 And He took the seven loaves and the fish and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitude.  Matthew 15:34-36    

9 “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many”?  10 Then Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.”  Now there was much grass in the place.  So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.  11 And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted.  John 6:9-11

Jesus also thanked His Father for His revelation to the disciples through enlivening their hearts and minds to believe the truth, and also for the display of God’s power in His life when He raised Lazarus from the dead, so that sinners would believe that He was the Christ sent by God.

25 At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes. 26 Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight.”  Matthew 10:25-26

41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying.  And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.  42 And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.”  43 Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!”  44 And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with grave-clothes and his face was wrapped with a cloth.  Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”

As God’s dearly beloved children we can follow the example of Christ and thank our Heavenly Father for providing our daily needs, enlivening our hearts and minds to believe the truth so that we have put our faith in Jesus Christ, and for giving testimony of His glorious work through His Son Jesus Christ recorded for us in the Scripture so that we can see the exaltation of Christ our Lord and grow in the grace and knowledge of Him.

Added to this wonderful testimony of Jesus Christ thanking our Heavenly Father are the verses in the New Testament epistles given to us by the Holy Spirit through God’s chosen vessel Paul which command us to give thanks to God our Father through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all.  15 See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.  16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  19 Do not quench the Spirit.  20 Do not despise prophecies.  21 Test all things; hold fast what is good.  22 Abstain from every form of evil.  1 Thessalonians 5:14-22

18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another in the fear of God.  Ephesians 5:18-21

9 For this reason we also, since the day we heard it. Do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; 12 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.  Colossians 1:9-12

15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.  16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.  17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.  Colossians 3:15-17

We are commanded to give our Father thanks through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, because no one can truly thank God for who He is and what He has done without that singular work of Christ done in our lives by repentant faith in Him and belief in His gospel of salvation.  He died upon the cross taking the punishment that we deserve so God our Father can forgive us our sins which separated us from Him, bringing upon us His eternal wrath poured out on sinners eternally in burning hell, and instead receive us as His beloved children, blessed by His mercy and gracious favor.  Christ’s resurrection from the dead empowers us to live for God’s pleasure as we walk humbly with Him giving Him thanks for all things in every circumstance.  Brothers and sisters, this is something that we can pray for one another!  As we submit to God and thank Him for who He is as revealed to us in His Word the Bible by the power of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit works to strengthen us in our walk with Him in a manner that is worthy of the calling of Christ.  So we can bear fruit for Him to His glory.  Praise God for His goodness to us and thank Him for His holy love poured out upon us!

1 Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!  For His mercy endures forever.  2 Oh, give thanks to the God of gods!  For His mercy endures forever.  3 Oh, give thanks to the Lord of lords!  For His mercy endures forever:  4 To Him who alone does great wonders, For His mercy endures forever; 5 To Him who by wisdom made the heavens, For His mercy endures forever;…26 Oh, give thanks to the God of heaven!  For His mercy endures forever.   Psalm 136:1-5 & 26

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4 Responses to Thankfulness

  1. Wally Fry says:

    You said it Eliza. Nothing to add to that for sure. We ought to be very, very thankful. What a gift we were given huh?

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