We’re all thankful for something, but more often discontent with our day-to-day lives. Many of us take for granted so much about our lives and the world around us that we don’t stop and think about the source of all that we have, nor do we stop and thank that source, God.
Some people make food an idol. It is where they find contentment, at least temporarily. They may be thankful for the preparer of a meal, but only when they recognize that all food originates from God who is the provider of everything that goes into the meal can they redirect their gratefulness and begin to enjoy a level of contentment that outlasts the meal in front of them.
In the same way, Americans buy stuff in such prodigious quantities, that retailers can’t keep their shelves stocked. Many Americans, who already own more than 90% of the people in the rest of the world, stand in lines on Thanksgiving Day for Black Friday specials, hoping that the next purchase will satisfy a longing that can only be filled by a God who doesn’t disappoint, doesn’t break, doesn’t wear out and doesn’t become outdated.
We can be thankful for the abundance around us, especially when we remember the source of that abundance. Wherever we look we see God’s handiwork and can be thankful that he created us in his image. We can be thankful that God created a world filled with beauty and sent the sun, the rain and the seed that we might have food to eat.
More importantly, we can be thankful that he sent his Son, Jesus, to die on a cross, taking the sin of all mankind upon himself. We can be thankful for Jesus who rose again showing us that there is life after death for all who believe in Jesus, accept the sacrifice he made on our behalf, and choose to allow Jesus to become their savior and lord. Then they may enjoy true peace and contentment for all eternity.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:6-7