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Suppose you intend to make a purchase. A merchant offers you
a product. In exchange you offer the merchant money. Now
suppose that the merchant delivers the product but refuses your
money. (This stretches the imagination, we know, but just
suppose it happens that way). Can you then say that the
merchant was given money if he didn’t receive any?
In general, can something be given if it is never received?
There’s a difference between giving thanks and demonstrating
contentment. In fact, the two are confused more often than not.
What most people believe is thanksgiving is really only an
expression of contentment. When they say, ‘I am thankful for … ‘,
what they really mean is, ‘I am contented with … ‘. This time of
year, certain psychologists suggest we list the things for which
we feel contentment. It is good to consider our blessings, but
in order for actual thanksgiving to occur, there must be an object
of the thanks. There must be an answer to the question, ‘Who
are we thanking’?
In order for thanks to be given, thanks must be received. If we
don’t know who we are thanking, then how thankful are we?
Again, if we don’t know who we are thanking, in all likelihood,
we are only expressing contentment.
Is there someone to thank for the food that is brought forth
from the earth? This is not in reference to the harvester or the
planter, but to the One that invented seed and soil, warm air,
periodic light at the perfect intensity and a magnificent
hydrologic cycle. The list could go on.
If we didn’t already know the answer, the Bible reveals the
identity of the One to whom we should be thanking:
Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD
with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know
ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not
we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with
praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD
is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to