A couple of deer hunters were walking across a field. They had been warned by the landowner that there was a mean bull in that pasture, but the hunters were not concerned. They could not see any cattle at all, so they did not sense any danger.
That changed quickly when the bull caught sight of them. Not taking a liking to strangers trespassing in his field, the bull charged.
Now running for their lives, one of the hunters asked the other if he knew how to pray. He replied, “I only repeat the prayers my mother said when I was young.” As the long horns of the angry bull got closer and closer, the first man said, “It sure would be good to hear one of those prayers now!” The other hunter cried out, “Oh, Lord! For what we are about to receive, may we truly be thankful!”
Sometimes our thanksgiving to God is not as thoughtful as it should be. We have been so blessed that we often take for granted all of the good things God has done for us. James 1:17 says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
Circumstances often change, but God never does. He is always good, and everything good in our lives comes from God. Therefore, we ought to give thanks to our heavenly Father.
Our thanks can come in the form of a prayer. We are told to “Pray continually.” (1 Thess.5:17). Part of our prayers should be expressions of thanks. Too often we go right to our “wish list” without taking time to thank God for what he has already given us.
Another way we can say “Thank you” to God is by singing. Whether in church with other people or praising him by ourselves, a song in our heart and on our lips can let God know that we have gratitude for the blessings he has bestowed upon us. You say you don’t have a good singing voice? God knows exactly what kind of voice he gave you, and he wants you to use it to give thanks. Psalm 147:7 says, “Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving…”
We can also give thanks to God by giving him an offering. While God does not need any of our meager resources, he does expect us to return to him a significant portion of the material goods with which he has blessed us. We honor him and thank him when we worship God with our tithes and offerings. 1 Chron.16:29 says, “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him. Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.”
Have a great Thanksgiving!
For more inspirational writings by Tom Cox, go to www.jesustrek.wordpress.com.