These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. -- I John 5:13
God's Gift of Eternal Life

Biblical Perspectives - Go Back

Key Passage: Psalms 50: 14,15
Evangelist Clifford M. Smith, Th.D.

Every year in the U.S.A. today, we celebrate "Thanksgiving Day" on the 4th Thursday of November. The first known celebration of "Thanksgiving Day" was by the Pilgrims in 1621, after landing at Plymouth Rock, Mass. They left England seeking religious freedom in the "New World" (Later known as the U.S.A.). After the signing of the "Declaration Of Independence" by our Founding Fathers, "Thanksgiving Day" was ordered by the "Continental Congress" during the American Revolutionary War on November 28, 1782. This day was officially called "Thanksgiving To God Day," because of the mercies received of God to this new nation (USA). President George Washington (The First President of the USA), declared in 1789, that "Thanksgiving Day" will be observed on October 3rd every year until it was changed many years later. "Thanksgiving Day" was also considered "The National Day Of Prayer," since the USA was founded upon Christian values as a "Christian Nation." That is why our national motto is "IN GOD WE TRUST" (Since 1864). Let's look at some scriptures in the Bible, promoting "Giving Thanks To God." They are as follows:

Psalms 50: 14,15 - "Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows to the most High: and call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me."

Psalms 100: 4 - "Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name."

Ephesians 5: 20, 21 - "Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of the God."

Colossians 3: 15 - "And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful."

I praise the Lord, that the U.S.A. has a National Day of "Thanksgiving!" But as a Christian, "EVERYDAY" is "HOLY" unto the Lord . So "Thanksgiving Day" is to be observed "Daily"(Not Just On Sunday-The Lord's Day). The Bible speaks of "Thanksgiving" as the grace of God in Christ, operating in the "Beleiver (II Corinthians 9: 10- 15)." It is understood in the Bible, that all "Good" received of mankind comes from God (Matthew 19: 17). So then, "Thanksgiving Day" primarily should be about, showing our gratitude through thanksgiving to the Lord for all of his goodness(Grace) shown to us.

In closing, let me say, that "I can not thank the Lord enough, for all the blessings in my life, that he has given to me!" Here's just a fraction of people, that God put into my life, to help me bring "Glory To The Lord!": My Dad and Mom, My Grandparents, My First Pastor (Dr. Randall Sledge), My Sunday School Teachers (Many), My Second Pastor (Dr. Steven E. Byrd-While in the military) and My Third Pastor (Dr. Roger Voegtlin- While in Bible College) have been the "strongest spiritual influences" in my life. There are so many others, that the Lord has sent my way, to help show me to the truth of "God's Word!" I have a list of family members and great friends, that I'm so thankful to and the list goes on and on. I want to say to the Lord and to All, that have had a part in my life, "Thank You From The Bottom Of My Heart!" I pray, to all that is reading this, that you will find it in your "Heart", to "Thank God" everyday for the "Blessings Of God Given To You!"