It’s that time of year again in the US where we gear up for Thanksgiving and Christmas. We go shopping for food and gifts. Creating guest lists and making plans with family and friends. Some of us can be found complaining about all the rushing and materialism we see in our culture. We do set aside a Thursday in November to to be thankful and count our blessings, but the very next day we’re getting up at 3am and pushing through throngs of shoppers to get the hot deals of the day. I, personally, don’t think there’s anything wrong with shopping and gift giving. However, I do see something wrong with our mindset and what our heart is set on during this season. Christ followers in particular should be checking our hearts regularly and making sure we keep it aligned with God’s heart. That’s why I’ve compiled this list of 8 thankfulness scriptures to meditate on in effort to hold on to thankfulness throughout this season.
8 Thankfulness Scriptures to Meditate on this Season
1) “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
This verse is very straight forward and a great place to start. Paul gives a simple “do this, and this is why” exhortation for us to follow. If we want to stay within the will of God for us, we need to rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks no matter our circumstances. God knows that staying in a place of thankfulness and prayer will keep us away from complaining, coveting, and sin. I loved the way Mandy at Worshipful Living dug into this point even further in her post “A Biblical View of Thanksgiving“.
2) “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him and bless His name.” Psalm 100:4
I like the picture I get in my mind from this verse. I imagine walking through the pearly gates and into the front door of a beautiful throne room. My heart full of thankfulness for the opportunity to be in the presence of the Lord, and praises bursting from my lips. Because of the work Jesus did on the cross, the veil was torn and we now have full access to God’s presence every day! Whenever we take time aside with God, to do our Bible studying, to worship, or to pray, we should enter in with thanksgiving and praise!
3) “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.” Colossians 3:15
During this season we can sometimes lose our peace. Instead, we worry about finances, we have anxiety over tensions and disagreements with family members, or we grow worn out from the busyness. This verse reminds us that we are called to let God’s peace rule us and to be thankful. The word let is usually considered a passive one, where we just watch something happen. However, in this case it is actually an action verb, because we will have to move something out of the way to allow the peace to take over it’s rightful place. Having that peace then helps us to hold onto thankfulness as well.
4) “Oh give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples!” Psalm 105:1
This verse also tells us to do something with our thankfulness. We should not just sit around with this feeling of being thankful. We need to express our thankfulness to God, and to tell people about Him and what He’s done that makes us so thankful! Share our testimonies! Share the gospel!
5) “The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 56-57
Maybe life is tough for you right now. It’s possible that you can’t really think of something you’re thankful for. You could be battling depression, grieving the loss of a loved one, facing financial hardships that you can’t see a way out of right now. The good news is that you can still be thankful. This verse tells you how. If nothing else, we can all be thankful for our Savior Jesus, who ensures we will have victory because He has defeated death and sin. Whatever we are going through is only temporary thanks to the blood of Jesus.
6) Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” Hebrews 13:15
Because we do have so much to be thankful for, even when we can’t see it in the moment, we should always be thanking and praising God! Sometimes it may truely be a sacrifice to praise Him. When we are hurting or lost it may take some serious effort to be thankful. But we can be sure that when God tells us to make a sacrifice like that, He will receive and honor it when we do.
7) “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” Psalm 107:1, Psalm 118:1, Psalm 136:1
I thought is was interesting that these thankfulness scriptures were repeated three times in Psalms. When something in the Bible is repeated, it’s a good indication that it’s important and something we need to remember! So remember to give thanks to God! He is good and worthy of our praises!
8) “Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it, with thanksgiving.” Colossians 4:2
Another point that is repeated is to pray vigilantly, or without ceasing, with thanksgiving. I think this may be because so often when we come to God in prayer we skip straight to the “give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:9-13) rather than taking the time to express our thankfulness to God.
Throughout the month of November I’m going to be meditating on these verses, and I hope you will to! Because every day can be Thanksgiving if our heart is in the right place! We don’t have to, and we shouldn’t, save all our thankfulness for just one day a year! To help myself to remember to be thankful every day, I’m also starting a #30DaysThankful2018 challenge on social media! Every day I will post something I’m thankful for to my Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter in an effort to hold myself accountable for remembering to be thankful. Will you please join me? Let’s spread the mindset of thankfulness all over the internet! When you post your thankfulness each day, just tag it #30DaysThankful2018 so we can all see what each other is posting and be inspired!
Which of these thankfulness scriptures touches your heart the most? Will you be joining me for the #30DaysThankful2018 challenge? What are some ways you can think of to keep a thankful heart throughout this season? Share with me in the comments! Also, for some more tips on how to keep a thankful heart, visit Dollie’s post on Joy in the Home called “7 Ways to Live a Thankful Life“