Celebrating Thanksgiving Day year after year, with the usual routine and practices, can sometimes leave us with a feeling of just going through the motions, leading some to lose the heart of what it means for our nation to focus on and celebrate thankfulness.
To many individuals, it has become just another holiday to spend with family, eating and having fun doing the things we love doing. But Thanksgiving Day began in our country out of grateful hearts expressing thankfulness to God our Creator, Defender, Deliverer, and Provider.
America’s National Thanksgiving Day Based on Biblical Principles
Along with the Pilgrims committing to a day of thankfulness to God, during the American Revolution, before our nation was officially birthed, the Continental Congress called colonists to national days of thanksgiving, asking all citizens to express gratefulness to God for His divine protection over our troops. Despite what some may try to dismiss, America’s founders understood what Deuteronomy 20:4 proclaims, “For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.”
Inspired by our newly formed nation’s military victories, in 1789, President George Washington declared the first official Thanksgiving proclamation, setting aside time for all citizens to thank God for the end of the war and the Constitution’s successful ratification.
Biblical Lessons Help Nations to Be Thankful
Our nation’s founders were on the right path when they set days aside for national Thanksgiving. They understood the value of honoring God and giving Him credit for His help in beginning our emerging country.
Psalm 107:31 encourages, “Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for mankind.”
Nations giving thanks to God is biblical. Psalm 57:9 urges, “I will praise you, Lord, among the nations; I will sing of your among the peoples.”
America’s founders’ basis for Thanksgiving Day came from biblical truths. The following are seven forgotten biblical lessons to remind us why thankfulness is essential to us and our nation and to revitalize our Thanksgiving Day traditions.
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