The Bible gives us plenty of reasons why we can give thanks to God. Let us reflect on some of these reasons.
First, we thank God for His wonderful attributes.
- 1 Chronicles 16:34 – “Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever!”
- Psalm 107:8 – “Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!” (repeated 3 times in the same chapter)
- Psalm 7:17 – “I will praise the LORD according to His righteousness, and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.”
Second, we thank God for what He has done, what He is doing for us, and for what He will do for us in the future.
God gives us material blessings. In King David’s thanksgiving prayer in 1 Chronicles 29:10-13 he acknowledged that “both riches and honor” come from the Lord (v. 12a). This, coming from one of the richest and most honorable men who ever lived. He continues by saying that in God’s hand, “it is to make great and to give strength to all” (v. 12b).
God blesses us with caring people in our lives. It’s so easy to take people for granted. It’s also easy to complain about people because they don’t come up to our expectations. Take a look around you. People have their faults and no doubt will let you down or disappoint you at some point. But that doesn’t lessen the fact that God has richly blessed you with these people. Let’s make it a habit to express our appreciation to the individuals who are special to us.
God gives us strength in the middle of difficulties. Sometimes life takes you down roads you would rather not travel. These roads are full of unpleasant signboards like sickness, grief, scarcity, accidents, or even death. But even through the dark valleys of life and the overshadowing of pain and suffering, God is always with us. He has always been with us and He will always see us through (Ps. 23:4).
God gave us salvation in Jesus Christ (Jn. 3:16). 2 Corinthians 9:15 says, “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” This is the most wonderful gift that we could ever receive in this life. And God offers it freely to everyone who would accept Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.
The Bible also teaches us that we are to thank God for His righteous judgments (Ps. 119:62); for His wondrous works (Ps. 75:1); for every good and perfect gift (Jam. 1:17); for spiritual gifts (1 Cor. 12); for eternal life (Rom. 6:23); for the gift of faith and salvation (Eph. 2:8); for the grace given in Christ Jesus (1 Cor. 1:4); and for the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 15:57).
This list is nowhere near in covering all the reasons why we thank God. Let me just end this section with a passage in Deuteronomy 8:7-10 where Moses reminded the people of Israel,
For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, that flow out of valleys and hills; a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey; a land which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing; a land whose stones are iron and out of whose hills you can dig copper. When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land which He has given you.” (emphasis added)
When was the last time you received a favor from God? Did you thank Him for it?
Just like the nation of Israel, we have so much to be thankful to God for. The Samaritan guy in the story had the presence of mind to contemplate on the wonderful blessing that he received and concluded that it was a blessing from God. We just need to pause and give it some thought. I’m sure each of us has something special in mind that wasn’t mentioned in any of these verses. Let us consider all these things and thank God for them.