Crosswalk Editors Daily Devotional and Bible Devotions

<< The Crosswalk Devotional

What Are You Thankful For? - Crosswalk the Devotional - November 27

  • 2021 Nov 27

The Crosswalk Devotional

What Are You Thankful For?
by Ryan Duncan

“I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving.” – Psalms 69:30

A while back, there was an episode of The Simpsons in which the family is celebrating Thanksgiving. When the time came to say grace, Bart Simpson bowed his head and said,

“Dear God, we paid for all this stuff ourselves, so thanks for nothing.”

The first time I saw this clip on TV I remember feeling a mix of emotions. On one hand, I was angry that such cynicism was being shown toward God and a day celebrating thankfulness. On the other hand, I couldn’t help but relate to Bart a little. I was at a time in my life when everything seemed out of control. I had no money, my life felt like it was stuck in neutral, and my future was looking pretty bleak. Why should I be thanking God for anything?

If you’ve ever been in my situation, I want to point you toward a passage of scripture that helped me put things in perspective,

“On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices, saying, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us." When he saw them he said to them, "Go and show yourselves to the priests." And as they went they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus' feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered, "Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?" And he said to him, "Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.’”  – Luke 17:11-19

It’s easy to spend our lives worrying and obsessing over the problems of life. It’s also easy to overlook a blessing in times of need, or forget to be thankful when troubled times have been put to rest. Be sure you don’t become one of the nine lepers, who were so happy to be cured that they forgot who cured them. This Thanksgiving, I encourage you to spend time remembering what God has done in your life.

Intersecting Faith and Life: Whatever your situation may be, count your blessings and take a moment to thank God for them.

Further Reading
Psalms 95:1-6

Check out fantastic resources on Faith, Family, and Fun at Crosswalk.com

Kainos is a word used in the Bible to refer to something new. Kainos Project exists to create a community of voices that are eager to explore the new ways God wants to work in the lives of his followers and in his Church. Join Dale and Tamara Chamberlain as they explore what it means to experience the abundant life that Jesus promised us by tackling ancient truths in everyday settings.

Ad for the Kainos Project Podcast

Listen to an episode now by clicking the play button below!



More The Crosswalk Devotional Articles

Follow Crosswalk.com