“But I will sacrifice to You with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed.
Salvation is of the Lord.”
So the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land. Jonah 2:9-10
It doesn’t seem like a thanksgiving message but Jonah made this offer to the Lord and the Lord accepted.
Although he said, “I will sacrifice to You with the voice of thanksgiving” his heart was far from it.
He made it to that great city of Nineveh and spoke the word of God.
Everyone repented; even the king made a proclamation.
Did Jonah shout in celebration and thanksgiving? No. He became angry at the thought of the Assyrian’s repenting and sparing from God’s judgment.
He even became angry when he lost his shade from the sun – so angry he only wished to die.
That’s not thanksgiving to God.
Take time today to remind yourself and those around you that we celebrate this American holiday because of a group of men, women, and children that made a perilous journey to a new land.
Suffering man loses during the first winter; they rebounded over the next year and praise God for the blessings He gave.
The Pilgrim’s celebrated with Native American’s the first Thanksgiving, though they probably did not officially call it as such.
Difficult times will either make you more resolved to push on (like the Pilgrims) or cause you to give up (like Jonah).
I remind you of a line from a Christian movie Facing the Giants – “If we win, we praise Him; and if we lose we praise Him. Either way, we honor Him with our actions and our attitudes.”
Give Him thanksgiving every day, no matter what!