In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.– 1 Thessalonians 5:18
We attach a lot of importance to certain dates, and in some cases that’s necessary. But when it comes to Thanksgiving we need to view it as never out of season.
We see an example of this in these words written about 150 years ago by James Smith, the predecessor to Charles Spurgeon:
“Everything we enjoy, should be viewed as coming from the gracious and liberal hand of our sovereign God.
All was forfeited by sin.
All that we receive is by grace.
The providence that supplies us–is the wisdom, benevolence, and power of God in operation for us–as expressive of His infinite love and unmerited grace!
Our talents to provide supplies,
our opportunities to obtain,
and our abilities to enjoy,
–are alike from the Lord.
Every mercy increases our obligation–and deepens our debt to free grace!
Thanksgiving is never out of season, for we have always much to be grateful for.
We must view all things as . . .
arranged by His wisdom,
dependent on His will,
sanctified by His blessing,
according with His promises,
and flowing from His love!
“In everything give thanks!”