“…[W]hen [man]knew God, they glorified [H]im not as God, neither were they thankful; but became vain in their imagination and their foolish hearts were darkened…Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts…” (Romans 1:21, 24 a.)
“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18,19)
Thankfulness is the mark of one who is aware of one’s dependence upon God. It is also a mark of humility. Thankfulness is one of the many ways to acknowledge God in all thy ways. To be thankful is to glorify and praise God for His goodness and all His works.
Unthankfulness is the gate way sin to all other sin according to our first text above. Unthankfulness is the spirit of ambition and prideful independence away from God. This ungracious mindset is one of the means whereby sinners seek to keep God out of their thoughts and considerations. By the sinful neglect of acknowledging God is sinner’s way of glorifying Him not for all His kindnesses to them.
The wise person sees God’s blessing everywhere and are full of thanks in the trying times as well as the joyous times. The grateful are quick to praise and glorify God. The ungrateful are gods unto themselves; they see all there fruits as the just desserts of their efforts.
A Thanksgiving Day experiment: Watch and listen closely to family and friends as they names that which they are “thankful” for. Ask yourself who they are thanking specifically. Generally speaking, you will find that what is meant by thankful really means, ” I’m glad I have what I have.” This can be likened to those who say, “I’m sorry” when they are caught. We all know that they mean, “I’m sorry I got caught.”
Another way to spot the unthankful is their use of the word “I.” [ A personal note: one may notice I use the words “we”, “us”, and “our” often in these articles. The “we” is not the royal “we” but a “we” that acknowledges that what is written has been taught us by God and His faithful servants.] The unthankful use the word “I” repeatedly…count them next time you hear someone speaking about their accomplishments.
An expression of thanks should be the Christ-ians default mindset. The Christ-ian should be breathing thankfulness for all of God’s attention and His mercy that is new each morning and is everlasting. By breathing thanks to God one learns to perpetually dwell in His Presence. Christ-ian is synonymous with Person overflowing with thankfulness toward God.
One must be thankful in times of illness, loss, confusion, and pain as the Christ-ian knows these shall all work together for their good…this is faith.