Thankfulness for the Unseen

Once again it’s Thanksgiving time, and I’m immersing myself in the festivities. I love to cook and find myself busy planning the menu and purchasing the plethora of groceries. When the actual day of cooking comes, though, I sometimes wonder, “What was I thinking?” as I buckle down in the kitchen. Yet, it’s usually with a smile on my face.

Thankfulness for the UnseenOn Thanksgiving Day many of us will share around the table with our family and friends for what we’re thankful. As we go from person to person, I’ll hear gratitude for freedom to worship; thankfulness for spouses, children, and grandchildren; and the blessings of a comfortable home, good health, and safety. We have so many blessings and I’m grateful for all God has done and provided.

But these are the obvious, visible things. I’ve been thinking about thankfulness for what’s on the other side, and by this, I mean the unseen. 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV) states, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

My finite mind finds it easy to comprehend the blessings I can see, but scripture cautions us, as these are temporal. This includes our family, friends, and health.

The unseen blessings are the eternal ones, and they spring from a life submitted to and committed to Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. The apostle Paul declares, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” (Ephesians 1:3, NIV)

As we live our lives of faith and obedience to Him we become more like Him. Some days are easier than others are, as certainly, complications and difficulties arise in life. Often when I feel like escaping due to life’s pressures and demands, it’s challenging to hold on. And, when we perform our roles at home and in work, service, and ministry, we may find ourselves wondering where the applause is. Where is the “attagirl” encouragement for jobs well done here on earth? That’s when I have to remember to lift my eyes to heaven, not allowing them to be dimmed.

We don’t perform for an audience here, but rather for what lies beyond and is of eternal significance.

That gives me hope. And so, this Thanksgiving I’m thankful for God’s many blessings, but even more so, for what is still to come.

Father God, Thank you for your hand of mercy and grace in my life, and I praise you for your generous blessings. I also want to acknowledge and thank you for your assurance of what lies beyond and is unseen—spiritual blessings in Christ of eternal riches and significance. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Bible Truths:

Psalm 100:4 (NIV): “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.”

Colossians 1:3-5 (NLT): “We always pray for you, and we give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all of God’s people, which come from your confident hope of what God has reserved for you in heaven. You have had this expectation ever since you first heard the truth of the Good News.”

Hebrews 12:28 (NIV): “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.”

1 Peter 1:3-4 (NIV): “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you.”

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