Today’s Scripture: Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people. I Chronicles 16:8

As crazy as celebrating Thanksgiving in May might sound at first, Thanksgiving isn’t supposed to be confined to one day each year. Not only is the spirit of Thanksgiving too often forgotten, but this day dedicated to expressing contentment is being taken over by commercialism. Instead of being a day spent in gratitude of all the Lord has done and given, Thanksgiving has become a day to plan out your strategy for buying gifts that are often for yourself. We need to spend time thanking God for the blessings He has given.

If we were to try to count our blessings, we would find that they are more than can be numbered. Every day things that we take for granted are such incredible blessings. Are you able to walk? Ask someone who is bedridden if that is a big deal. Are you able to see? Try to imagine living a day without sight. Do you have food to eat and a warm place to live? Countless people around the world do not.

We can get so caught up in our everyday lives that we forget about all the incredible things God has done for us. Whether it is getting excited about the newest sports event, the next big tech gadget, or the latest Hollywood news, we seem to care more about what is going on around us than the God who is giving us life.

The most important thing we should be thankful for is our salvation. Christ came to Earth to die in our place. He paid for the sins of the world and offers salvation to whosoever will believe. We are no longer destined to spend eternity in Hell. This is something we should never take lightly.

One of the ways to express our gratitude is to tell others about all the Lord has done. If someone gave us a million dollars, wouldn’t we want to share that news with as many people as possible? We would want them to celebrate this blessing with us. We are told in I Chronicles 16:8 that we are to “make known his deeds among the people.” We need to tell them of the greatest blessing we have ever received.

Let’s remember that we have so much to be thankful for, not just on the fourth Thursday of November, but every day of the year.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder