With Thanksgiving Day only six days away, I want to take some time to write about things for which I am grateful. Webster defines “thanksgiving” as “A public celebration of divine goodness.” I hope that as Thanksgiving Day approaches, you will not only enjoy the family and food that comes with it, but express your gratefulness to God for supplying all of those things.
Today I want to thank God for the Bible. The Bible is the message from God to man. It is intended to show us His heart, His expectations, and His actions in the history of mankind. Though He used men to put it onto paper, it is clearly a divine Book that men, especially the men God chose, could not and would not have written on their own.
Why am I thankful for the Bible? I am thankful that the Bible keeps me from sin. Psalm 119:11 says “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Sin is destructive, and God’s Word has the answers for keeping us from that which is not for our benefit.
I am thankful that the Bible offers me warning and rewards. Psalms 19:7,11 says “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple… by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.” The Bible is not to be read only, but obeyed. When we obey the commands of God, He rewards those who believe His promises
I am thankful that the Bible has informed me of salvation, which comes by faith. Romans 10:17 says “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” We trust Jesus as Saviour when we read what the Bible has to say about Him and His work on the cross.
I hope you are thankful for your Bible as well. Many people all around the world either don’t have a Bible in their own language, don’t have access to a Bible, or aren’t allowed to read the Bible. Thank God that you are able to read your Bible, understand it, and let it change you.