What do you think of when you hear the word thanksgiving? I went to dictionary.com just to see what it had to say and here is what I found:
(1) the act of giving thanks; grateful acknowledgement of benefits or favors, esp. to God, (2) an expression of thanks, esp. to God, (3) a public celebration of acknowledgement of divine favor or kindness, (4) a day set apart giving thanks to God.
I have to be honest with you. I was surprised by the definitions, especially from a secular source. Each and every definition made reference to God.
What about you? What do you think of when you hear the word thanksgiving? Do you think of food on a table or do you think of Jehovah-jirah, the provider of all we need? Do you think of the people who you love and adore or do you think of Elohim, the Creator, who created them all to be in your life? Do you think of an illness that is improving or one you no longer have, or do you think of Jehovah-rapha, the Lord who heals?
My point is very simple. Everything you think of when you think of thanksgiving is the direct result of the Lord. Now, if a secular online dictionary attributes everything to do with thanksgiving to the Lord, shouldn’t we?
1 Timothy 4:4 says, “For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,” So, let us give thanks.