《Thanksgiving Season Meditation》: “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (5:18)
Meditation one: What is the true meaning of thanksgiving? The word Thanksgiving is a combination of Thanks and Giving. Not only say Thanks, but also act in Giving. This shows that sincere gratitude will certainly bring about doing good things, donating and giving. God wants us not just to praise God with our lips; He also wants us to express our grateful hearts with practical acts of love. A grateful heart is a mark or touchstone of our spiritual growth.
Meditation two: Do Christians “give thanks in all circumstances” no matter what happens? Yes! Whether it is smooth or bumpy; wishful or disappointing; healthy or sickly, prosperous or unfortunate, profitable or unbeneficial, we all should thank the Lord for His promise: “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.” (Php 4: 6-7) We believe that God rules all things, major and minor, in our lives. We want to thank God even if we encounter the worst, because we believe that God allows all things to happen and works for the good of us.
Prayer: Thank God because He shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5: 8) Now I am enlightened as Your child, and I have experienced Your abundant grace all the time. In return for Your love, please have Your Holy Spirit to guide and train me how I can rely on You to “rejoice always and give thanks in all circumstances.” Let me be grateful not just in the season of Thanksgiving, but in every moment; not only in my heart, but also in my deeds. I pray in the precious name of the Lord Jesus. Amen!