Then we your people, the flock of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever; from generation to generation we will recount your praise.
Colossians 1:12 (GNT)
With joy give thanks to the Father, who has made you fit to have your share of what God has reserved for his people in the kingdom of light.
In the list of very bad things catalogued by Paul in the opening chapters of Romans we have notorious sins: not honoring God as God, exchanging “the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things,” as well as “slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil.” A pretty condemning list. There is, however, yet another. Paul says that “they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him.”
While we may think of Thanksgiving as a national holiday, and as such something good to do, God thinks of it as essential to our life as his people. We owe it to God for all the Father’s providential care, Jesus’ saving work, and the Holy Spirit’s sustaining presence in our lives.
Today is a good day to give thanks for his grace, goodness, glory, guidance, and generosity. To fail to do so is all to often a forgotten sin. Lord have mercy! We thank you for all things!