Posted by: Taylor | November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving and God

Is it possible to express true thankfulness without a belief in God?  I don’t think so.

How can we express thanksgiving if we don’t believe in the existence of God who created and provided us everything we have?  Thanksgiving begins with an acknowledgement of thankfulness and appreciation.  It reveals our indebtedness to another.

To truly be thankful, we must comprehend the root of our essence and the magnitude of our need.  The genesis of our being is rooted with God, and the vastness of our poverty is found in our sin.  Therefore, though we attempt to conceal our privations, we play a dangerous game.  Only in acknowledgement and appreciation of God is anyone able to express real thanksgiving because it is only when we know God that we encounter the source of all we have to be thankful for.

True thanksgiving finds its source in a

knowledge and appreciation for a great God

who has done great things on our behalf.  

Where freely expressed thankfulness is lacking, true knowledge and worship of God will also be found to be uncommon.  If the creatures created to be the praise of His glory fail to acknowledge even the existence of God, how can we expect to find thankfulness on earth?

Today is Thanksgiving.  What are you thankful for?  A good job…your family…health…a home?  Today, I am thankful for a great God and my great Savior.  Oh yes, I am thankful for many things other than this.  I’m thankful for a new liver for my beautiful daughter.  I’m thankful for a wonderful family, friends, and co-workers who have loved and supported us in so many ways I can’t count.  I’m thankful second chances.  But more than any of these, I’m thankful for the one who provided all of these and more.  Thankfulness begins with the source knowledge that there is A One True God, Creator of all, King, and Lord of all.  Thankfulness begins with not just knowing that God is Creator but that He is Savior too.

What is He Savior of you might ask?  He is our Savior.  Why do I need a Savior?  Because our loving God gave us life and in our independence and rebellion we decided we knew better than Him, and we made Him our enemy.  And yet, even while we were enemies of God, He sent His son Jesus to die in our place for our sins.  Jesus said before He died, “Greater love have no one than this that he lay down his life for his friends.”

Jesus laid down His life for us in order that we could live.  Now that is something to be thankful for.  What are you thankful for today?  Where does your thankfulness come from?  Look to the source of every good and precious gift coming down from the Father of Light.

Happy Thanksgiving, and use every opportunity to spread God’s light while it is still light!



  1. Dear Son and family
    Mom and I are thankful for a great God who gives the gift of salvation and eternal joy. We are also thankful for our wonderful earthly families and brothers and sisters in Christ. God is good, ” all the time”! Bethany in receiving a new liver has blessed all who prayed for and supported her. We love all of you and look forward when we can see you,again.

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