Imagine this scenario:
What if you woke up tomorrow and the only things you have are the things you thanked God for the day before?
Would you have food? What about a place to live? What about friends and family?
Would you only have that cup of coffee that you said “thank God for coffee” when you got it?
I am guessing that you would not have much, depending on what you did thank God for.
We throw around thank you God or Praise Jesus for many things, the same way that I love this and that is thrown around like nothing. A lot of times we just say it because it seems like the right time to say it and don’t actually mean it. As a Christian, I included, we need to stop throwing around terms like this. We need to actually say these things when we really mean them.
What does scripture say about being thankful?
In Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians in 1 Thessalonians 5 verses 12-22 (ESV) the Bible says:
We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.
In verse 18 it says give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. So in short, we should be giving thanks in all circumstances to God. We should be giving thanks to God when we wake up, for each meal, for our family, our jobs, and everything else.
It is also mentioned in Paul’s letter to the Colossians in chapter 3 verses 15-17 (ESV) the Bible says:
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
In the English Standard Version Bible, the words thanks, thankfulness, thanksgiving, and other variations is mentioned at least 163 times. It is mentioned more in the ESV than other translations. For example in the King James Version it is mentioned 134 times and the New International Version it is mentioned 133 times. Regardless of the version you read, giving Thanks is mentioned a good bit in the Bible and we should give thanks to God often.
To finish this up, I would challenge everyone to give thanks to God for 10 different things each day for a week. Doing this will make you realize how many things that are in our lives that we need to be thanking God for.