In 2 Peter 1:12, we find the word, “remembrance.” You may wonder what this word has to do with Thanksgiving. Peter wrote:
12 Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them…
Peter was saying, there are some truths that, although I’m certain you already know them, I will not fail to remind you of them. In fact, several times in chapter one, Peter uses the word “remembrance.” He didn’t want the church to forget some important elements of their Christian faith or forget what God had done in their lives.
As humans, we are so prone to forgetting. God knows this. That’s the purpose of the rainbow, the Passover celebration, the stones in the Jordan River, the Old Testament feasts, and so on. We know the New Testament sacrament of communion is for the purpose of stirring up our remembrance of the Cross and Blood of Jesus.
I don’t want to forget. I don’t want to forget what God has done in my life. I don’t want to forget about His grace that lifted me out of my mess. I don’t want to forget from where He has brought me nor the promise of where He is taking me.
So what does forgetfulness have to do with Thanksgiving? Forgetfulness leads to un-thankfulness. People who are unthankful have usually just forgotten – forgotten their blessings and from where those blessings came. Unthankful people have usually just forgotten what their lives were like before Jesus made them a new creation.
A mind that continually reflects on what God has done produces a heart that is continually thankful. Someone asked me, “Do we really know how to live thankfully?” The way for us to live a thankful life is to reflect often on what God has done in our lives. Think back. Reminisce. Recall your blessings. Ponder the grace and favor that He extended to you. Look at what you have today. Where did it all come from? Don’t forget from whom all blessings flow. As we remember all that He has done, thanksgiving will naturally flow from our heart and lips.
The way for us to live a thankful life is to reflect often on what God has done in our lives
Thank you. Those are two very powerful words. Freely speaking them to the people in our lives brings encouragement and fulfillment to those people. Let’s not forget to offer those words to God as well. The Lord has done so much for us that if we told the Lord “Thank You” each day, it would not be too much. During this Thanksgiving season and throughout the year, let us reflect daily on the blessings He’s poured out upon us and not fail to daily “…Give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.” (1 Chronicles 16:34)
Ps 75:1 – Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks , unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare.