Did you know that the phrase “give thanks” appears in the Bible 85 times? Depending on the translation, of course, you could spend days reading, meditating, memorizing, and using these Scriptures in your daily life.
Here’s a challenge: Over the next ten (yes, TEN!) days until Thanksgiving, try to look up at least eight verses per day to encourage your heart with thanks and point it towards the One to whom we are to be giving thanks!
1. If you don’t have a complete concordance in book form, try one of many websites that have concordance search engines. I like Bible Gateway. Write the phrase “give thanks” in the first field, and then you can choose which version you’d like to use. The NIV is their default, but I normally use NASB.
2. Once you find a verse, look up the passage. Read the context in which the writer is giving thanks.
3. Ask yourself questions of the passage: What are his circumstances? What other attitudes does he possess? What is he thankful for? How is he expressing this thankfulness?
4. Jot your favorite verse for the day onto a note card that can be placed on your mirror, above your sink, on your desk, or some other place you can reference often throughout the day.
5. Memorize this verse and meditate on it as your go about your daily tasks. Share it with your spouse, children, on Facebook, or with a friend. Pray it back to the Lord.
By Thanksgiving Day you should have a stack of verses that will have changed your heart and can be a blessing to others!
My verse for today:
“At midnight I shall rise to give thanks to You, because of your righteous ordinances.”