Why Thanksgiving Points to Knowledge of God

The other day, I was sitting in my school library when I noticed a large poster that said “Things We Are Thankful For”. On it, many students had written down blessings that they enjoyed or were grateful for. I go to a public school; the majority of these students are not Christian or even remotely religious, and yet they were still thinking about their blessings.

This whole idea of Thanksgiving is so rooted in Christian belief. People don’t realize this, but it is very true. After all, if you are thankful for things, that implies you are thankful to someone, right?

All Gifts Are From God

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

-James 1:17

If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

-Matthew 7:11

It is a fundamental Christian belief that all of our gifts are from God. He gives us everything we need, often anticipating needs before we ask. Christians know that they don’t deserve any of it, but God gives us things whether we deserve them or not.

From this flows our natural gratitude and love toward God, which is what the focus of Thanksgiving should be for a Christian.

Obviously, people who are not Christians will not be thinking of it in this way…but maybe they really are, in a subconscious way.

Innate Knowledge of God = Natural Tendency Toward Gratitude 

The Bible teaches that all humans know about God naturally.

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.

-Romans 1:20

I think this is why people still talk about “giving thanks” even though they do not believe in a God in their conscious mind. Any talk of “counting your blessings” or giving thanks for things is consciously or unconsciously pointing to God.

If you’re thankful for something, that implies that you are thanking someone for it. Who else would we be thanking for many of the things we have but God? Who else could give us some of the gifts we are thankful for, such as good health or family?

Even though people don’t realize it, Thanksgiving is such a Christian holiday. The very act of giving thanks points straight to God and the Bible.

So as we celebrate this holiday, thank God for the holiday itself, a chance to witness and point others to God. Thank Him that He is still at work in the world through small things like this. Thank Him that people still have some knowledge of the truth, whether they realize it or not.

love, grace

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