If you woke up this morning, and could see a ceiling above you, you’ve already enjoyed enough blessings to make even the grouchiest say “thank you” to God: waking up to another day, a place to sleep, a ceiling that’s in place, and the ability to see. And the list goes on with the blessings we could count in every area of our lives if we would reflect on it.
Here are four reasons why we should make it a point to express our thanksgiving to God:
1. ALL GOOD THINGS COME FROM GOD. If every truly pleasant thing about life on earth should be traced to its origin, we would find God’s love and care behind it all. James said, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17). God’s gifts are always good and perfect; no exceptions.
2. GREAT PEOPLE OF FAITH ARE ALSO GRATEFUL. Scripture contains numerous examples of people who were blessed by God, and who attributed the fullness of their lives to the Almighty. King David, for example, devoted many of his psalms to extolling the goodness of God: “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s” (Psalm 103:2-5). No matter how high they rose, God’s followers continued to feel indebted to Him because He had arranged their lives.
3. INGRATITUDE ISN’T PRETTY. We can often exhibit poor manners (none of us are perfect). But God’s blessings are so obvious that failing to thank Him for His providence is a serious faux pas. In Luke 17:11-19, Luke records Jesus’ healing of 10 lepers; and he emphasizes Jesus’ take on only one of the former lepers expressing his gratitude: “Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.” (vv. 17-18). Of course, Jesus wasn’t pouting about the nine who received His healing but didn’t stop to thank Him; He was pointing out how easily those who are blessed by God can forget their good fortune.
4. DESPITE OUR SINS, GOD HAS PROVIDED FOR US. Perhaps the best reason to continually thank God is that He has been good to us when the ordinary person wouldn’t even consider an act of kindness. Scripture emphasizes that God is good to the “evil and the good” and the “just and the unjust” (Matt. 5:43-48). Most amazing: Under circumstances when a good man would have scarcely done anything for someone else, God sent His son Jesus, and Jesus died for us at Calvary (Rom. 5:6-10). That’s enough to make anyone with an honest heart praise God for His goodness.