Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. (Psalms 95:2 KJV)
We often count the blessing that God gave us. Most of us can testify how God gave us job promotion, purchasing new houses, receiving extra money from Social Security, and so on. These things are good to share with your family, church, and co-workers. But do we thank God for all the things that He had done in our lives?
Paul said in Romans 5:8, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” He didn’t need to put Jesus on the cross for your and my sins. But He did it with the price that we cannot pay Him back. I thank God that He took me out from the orphanage and brought me into the next chapter of my life and faith. Even though I have a disability and living as a single man, God has not ever failed me. There has time that I put Him in the box, but He hasn’t put me in a corner alone that I could go through the obstacle myself.
Most Americans recognize God as a genie in the magic bottle. Even though He is our Father, we need to work our relationship with Him. It is not enough for us to go to the church once a week or for Christmas or Easter. We need to connect with God daily through reading the Bible, prayer, while we are working, or whatever we are doing during the 24-hour period.
Thanksgiving reflects our relationships with God and people.