This Is the Teaching for December 2006:
Giving Thanks to God
The past two or three weeks, I have been thinking about the importance of the giving of thanks. In America the fourth Thursday in November is called “Thanksgiving.” In the Philippines where we have missionaries they have Thanksgiving celebration on some Sunday in the fall or early winter. It is important to give thanks to God for our many blessings.
God speaks of this need to give thanks in Psalm 107:21, 22. “Let them give thanks to the LORD For his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men. Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of his works with songs of joy.” We should give thanks to God for His blessings of health and material things. We need to thank Him for spiritual blessings as well. Don’t forget the protection He also provides us. Let us now look at the New Testament concerning giving thanks.
In I Timothy 2:1,2 we read that first of all we are to give thanks for our government. “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all those in authority” (NIV). If we are to get answers to our other prayers, we must follow God’s directions. Here we learn to first of all give thanks for those in authority. This would include the head person in our nation’s government.
Why give thanks for a governor that we don’t like? We don’t have to agree with our president or other leaders of our nation, but we must pray for them and give God thanks for them THAT WE MAY BE BLESSED. Read the next two verses of I Timothy. “that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come each of to a knowledge of the truth.” (vv. 2-4 NIV). God’s purpose is to bless us even more by giving us a quite and peaceful life. Thus we will be able to bless others, even the spreading of the Gospel to the whole world.
Finally we are to thank the Father. “[Give] thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:12-14 NIV). Note we “share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.” We no longer live in the Kingdom of Darkness. Our Lord is now the Father God. Praise to Him!
Blessings, Pastor Jones