“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thess. 5:18).
In our society, culture, and time we have seen prosperity and blessing the likes of which no nation in history could compare to. We’re not perfect by a long shot; and in spite of the obvious moral decadence this country has endured over the years, we still live in the greatest nation on the planet! We have so much to be thankful for. Yet, I’m often concerned that we have become spoiled in our prosperity. “We’ve been cursed with the blight of abundance” (as one preacher put it). Think of it, children of this generation seem to be less thankful and more expecting than previous generations were. In many ways we have become a “give-it-to-me, I-deserve-it” society. Yet when we receive our daily blessings, how often do we actually thank God for them?
Friends, God warned Israel against forgetting Him when He would cause them to prosper (Deut. 6:10-12; 8:1-20) and we would do well to heed the same warning. “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” (Heb. 13:15).