“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
– 1 Thessalonians 5:18
We bring you in today’s verse one of the most important Thanksgiving Bible verses to remember.
Giving thanks always
In the United States every year, on the fourth Thursday in November, Americans celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. It’s a time when we take a moment to be thankful for all we have.
However, the Bible says we should always be giving thanks. It should be a part of our daily routine – not something we do once a year.
“Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,”
Being thankful even in difficult times
It’s easy to be thankful when we are getting everything we want. But what about during difficult times? What about when we are more sorrowful than joyful? What about being thankful when we are ill?
No matter how much adversity we may be facing, there are always things we can be thankful for.
Some of the most difficult times we face in life turn out to be our best learning experiences and moments of growth. We need to be thankful for these also, no matter how difficult they may seem.
Most importantly of all, we need to be thankful for God’s grace and forgiveness.
We need to be thankful for the sacrifice God made of his own son and the price Jesus Christ paid for our sins with his blood on the cross.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
– John 3:16
The history of Thanksgiving
The holiday began in 1621 when the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag Indians shared a feast at an autumn harvest. This became the first Thanksgiving celebration of note in the colonies that would eventually become the United States and the established as an American holiday.
The pilgrims who established the Plymouth Colony in Plymouth, Massachusetts, had fled religious persecution in England.
Even prior to that, as early as 1607, Thanksgiving services were routine in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving Day as a national holiday.