For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.Romans 1:18-21 (ESV)
Today I am thankful that our nation, as dark as it may sometimes seem, honors the tradition of giving thanks. To be thankful is an attribute that is distinctly Christian. To give thanks is to recognize something or someone outside of yourself. To give thanks is to give honor, recognition and glory to someone outside of yourself. The world says, “look at me! I am owed! It is my right! I am the victim! I did this!” Ungratefulness is one of the main qualities listed in the passage above which leads to judgment and the wrath of God. This just judgment is evident in futile thinking and foolish, darkened hearts that say, “there is no god.” Today, I thank the Father in heaven who bestows onto His children “every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” through His son, Jesus Christ. Every good and perfect gift comes from the Father! Give Him thanks and let your thinking dwell on His glory today. Let your hearts shine with the light of His glory today, for He alone is worthy of praise.