The Bible is full of stories of thanksgiving. We will touch upon some lessons from the Bible on Thanksgiving today which tell us how thankfulness should be a part of a Christian’s life. Even in simple things we should be thankful. Not only when we get the big things in life but also in everything we must be thankful. Recognize that God is the giver of all good gifts in our life, great or small (James 1:17).
Here are three lessons from the Bible on Thanksgiving
1. Praises by the Israelites when they were freed from Egypt
After Moses and the Israelites fled Egypt, they were followed by the Egyptian army who chased them into the Red Sea with no way of escape as they were behind them and the sea in front of them. But it was almighty God who made a way for them when He parted the sea for them to pass through on dry ground.
The army of Egypt followed them and God released the waters and drowned Pharaoh’s army. Exodus 15 speaks about the miraculous deliverance of the children of Israel from the enemy and Moses and the people’s praises for God as a thanks for His protection.
2. Daniel’s Gratitude to the Lord
When King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream and was troubled by it, none of the wise men in his court could interpret what it meant. In anger the king ordered them killed. When Daniel heard about the wise men being slain, he asked the King Nebuchadnezzar to give them a little time. He and his friends then prayed and asked God to reveal it to him and then went to the king and correctly interpreted the dream. After that it is written in the book of Daniel about how grateful and thankful Daniel was to the Lord.
3. The Thankful Leper
When Jesus was going to Jerusalem, he passed through a village where ten lepers lived and as they were unclean they stood away from Him. But still begged of Jesus to have mercy on them because they knew who he was and that He had the power to heal them. He healed them and told them to go to the priest, as he would declare them healed from their disease. After they arrived at the priests’s he pronounced them made clean of their leprosy.
Even though 10 of them were healed, only one returned to thank Jesus. He bowed at Jesus’ feet to show Him his gratitude and Jesus asked if there were indeed ten who were healed and why only one returned to thank Him.