Summary: Are you pleasing or displeasing to the Lord? The presence or the absence of thankfulness will manifest it.
Thanksgiving or complaining - which will it be
The person who gives thanks can find comfort in everything; the person that complains can find comfort in nothing.
See Numbers 11:1. May I suggest to you that whatever displeases God is sin, and yet how prone we are to grumble, complain, and mummer. God is grieved with our complaining.
Thankfulness is the opposite of complaining. As the opposite I wonder how God feels about it. See Psalm 69:30,31.
Thanksgiving is a Christian grace that we ought to be growing in.
A lady was picking through the frozen turkeys at the grocery store, but she was unable to find one big enough for her family. She asked a stock boy, "Do these turkeys get any bigger?" The stock boy replied politely, "No, ma’am, they’re as big as they’re gonna get - THEY’RE !"
So it is with many today when it comes to giving thanks to God for all He has done for them. They are not growing thankfulness, they are to it!
I. Thanksgiving is an attitude of choice
Thanksgiving is a definite attitude. It is a choice we make. We can either be thankful and express gratitude for the rich blessings of God, or we can gripe, murmur, and complain about our circumstances.
The choice is ours.
Thanksgiving is independent of circumstances but not independent of choice. We can choose to thankful or not.
Ps 34:1 “I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” David makes a deliberate choice to praise the Lord. We can and should make a deliberate choice to move from Grumbling Alley to Thanksgiving Place.
II. Thanksgiving is an assignment to complete
Thanksgiving is commanded in the Word of God. It is not optional! It is not optional but mandatory.
A. It is a imperative assignment.
D. It is a individual assignment.
There is always something we can be thankful about if we look for it.
Two school teachers who hadn’t seen each other in several years met at a convention, and they began filling each other in on what had happened in their lives since the last time they had visited together.
One teacher said, "I got married two years ago." "Oh, that’s good," her friend replied.
"Well, no, not really," the first one said. "My husband is twice as old as I am." "Oh, that’s bad," her friend replied.
"Well, no, not really," she said, "because he is a millionaire several times over." "Oh, that’s good," her friend replied.
"Well, no, not really," she said, "because he turned out to be mean, and he won’t give me any money at all." "Oh, that’s bad," her friend replied.
"Well, no, not really," she said. "He did build us a $300,000 house." "Oh, that’s good," her friend replied.
“Well, no, not really," she said. "It burned down last month." "Oh, that’s bad," her friend replied.
"Well, no, not really," she said. "He was in it when it burned down."
II. Thanksgiving is an activity that characterizes
Thanksgiving or its absence distinguishes, distinguishes, and defines. Christians should be characterized by thanksgiving. According to Romans 1 unthankfulness is a trait of the ungodly (1:21). In II Timothy when Paul is describing the last days, we observe that unthankful is mentioned just before unholy.