During this Thanksgiving season I have been noticing a commercial on TV from a regional retailer that says, “This Thanksgiving we will be closed, so our employees can enjoy the holiday with their families.” When I first saw it, I thought, “Well, that’s nice. Those people will be able to enjoy their Thanksgiving this year.”

But the commercial goes on to tell us that they, the powers that be at that store, are thankful for the first responders, the emergency workers, and the military personnel who work so hard to keep us free, and to the veterans who have sacrificed so much. And they say we should all thank those people for all they do. Truly noble thoughts . . . or are they?

The natural mind of the humanist, the carnal person, the nominal Christian, these all feel thankful. Even the atheist can feel thankful. And who do they thank? People! Even the nominal Christian is starting to accept the idea that Thanksgiving is a time to thank people! And while it is good to give credit where credit is due, there is One, the Source of all that is good, who is responsible for all the good that is done. We should all be thankful to God for all our blessings! We should be thanking God for the first responders and emergency workers. We should be thanking God for our military personnel who keep us safe. We need to thank God for our veterans who gave more than anybody. Our thanks to people, as good as that is, is hollow compared to our thanks to God for all that He does for us!

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God,which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”   (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV)

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving
    and his courts with praise;
    give thanks to him and praise his name.
 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.”   (Psalm 100:4-5 NIV)

This Thanksgiving, come back to where you know you should be — Thank God!