God gives Christians a spiritual family, the household of faith (Gal. 6:10). These are men and women of like precious faith, people committed to truth and righteousness. They are without question the best people in the world. Fellow saints are there for us in our hour of need. They pray for us and give words of comfort. At times just to see them at the assembly brings a feeling of reassurance. May God help us always to see the blessing of our church family.
Above all, God gave His only begotten Son for which to be thankful (Jn. 3:16). As with other blessings, but especially this one, we do not deserve it (Rom. 5:6-8). Still, His grace prompted Him to act on our behalf. Through Jesus we have a pure conscience, guilt is no longer oppressive in our lives. In Him we enjoy stability in the storms of life, understanding that though all may forsake us, our Savior will never leave us or forsake us (Heb. 6:18, 19 cf; 13:5, 6). Our hearts are filled with hope; hope of a better place with pure bliss. In Christ we can live with great joy and meaning, though being tested by a fiery trial (1 Pet 4:12). Let us never forget to be thankful that we are counted worthy to walk in the steps of the Savior (1 Pet 2:20, 21).
As words of comfort consider these: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philip 4:6,7). “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thess 5:16-18).
Every day should be Thanksgiving Day for Christians, because God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Eph 1:3). I am thankful for everyone who not only reads my posts, but finds the time to share them with those who need them most of all. I am thankful for everyone who prays for my ministry, and lends encouraging words from time to time. I am thankful for all those who without earthly reward, trusts God to give them a heavenly reward when this life is over. I am thankful for all those who share their burdens, letting fellow saints know that they do not suffer alone (1 Pet 5:6-10). I am thankful for all faithful brethren, in every country around the world, who share the same like faith as did Christ and His apostles. There may be but a handful of God’s chosen still in the world today, but I am thankful the Lord saw fit for me to come in contact with some of them in these wicked times. On this Thanksgiving Day, know of an assurance, I am thankful to God for every one who has obeyed the gospel, who worship God in spirit and in truth, is faithful to the doctrine of Christ, and is not ashamed to preach and assist those who do preach God’s precious Word. To all these I say, we march onward to Zion, that beautiful city of God , and together we shall not be moved! (Ps 50:2 f; Ps 62:2,6)