“He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me” (Psalms 50:23).
Thanksgiving is the first word that comes to my mind in November. November is one of my favorite months of the year, for it’s the time to look back and examine myself to see whether I lived a life of thanksgiving or not. As long as the Bible commands us to be thankful for everything and in all circumstances (I Thessalonians 5:18), I always try to give thanks to God for the following two areas in my life.
First, I give thanks to God for the good things such as life, health, faith in Christ, job, school, family, relatives, friends, church and the society I live in. We often take these blessings for granted until we are deprived of any of them, and then we begin to realize how much we have been blessed by God.
Next, I also try to give thanks to God for the not-so-good things (bad, worse, and even the worst) that I don’t fully appreciate or understand why they are in my life. Like a child who tries to put all pieces of a puzzle together, I wonder when I shall see the whole picture and understand it all. But, there is a time for everything, like the Bible says. In fact, reflecting on my own life journey, now I can thank God for some painful experiences my extended family had years ago. Yes, it was extremely painful to go through it for over 12 years, yet it eventually helped everyone in the family to grow and realize that it was also part of God’s plan for my family. Therefore, if you are in such a hard-to-understand or hard-to-thank situation, please do not give up your faith or hope. Please hang in there with your trust in God, who always works for the best of His children (Romans 8:28).
I pray that during this November all of us would fill the heavens and God’s throne room with our thanksgiving through our prayers. In so doing, as the Bible says, we will honor our God. Amen.