Give God Thanks on Thanksgiving

Give God Thanks on Thanksgiving

During Thanksgiving, we usually take some time to thank God for everything he’s given us, which is great, because giving thanks is something God wants us to do all the time (1 Thessalonians 5:18), no matter what. In fact, he wants us to remember to give thanks for things long after they happen. 

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One story in the Bible that shows us this is when God’s family was very close to getting out of the desert and reaching the amazing land God had promised them. All they had to do was cross the Jordan River. Only one problem: the river was at flood stage.

Joshua, who was leading God’s family, told the people, “Tomorrow, God will do great wonders among you.” Nobody knew exactly what he meant, but they obeyed Joshua, who obeyed God.

The day after Joshua told people to expect God to do great wonders, God told Joshua to walk toward the flooded river and just start walking into the water. So Joshua did. Imagine how he felt walking into a river while it was flooding! But he trusted God, and guess what God did? As soon as Joshua obeyed, God stopped the river from flowing. Suddenly, the ground where Joshua was standing dried up, and everybody crossed the Jordan River—right into the Promised Land!

After that, people were pretty thankful! But God knows that sometimes we forget what he’s done. So he asked Joshua to send 12 men to gather a stone from the river and pile them up to build what’s called a memorial. That’s something to help us remember an important event, person or day. God said, “In the future your children will ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ Then you can tell them, ‘They remind us that the Jordan River stopped flowing.’” God didn’t want them to ever forget how he had cared for him!

In honor of Thanksgiving, try that as a family! Think of one way that God has cared for your family. Then build a memorial somewhere in your home, so you can remember it past thanksgiving. You could create a structure or of blocks or legos, draw a picture and hang it on the refrigerator, take a picture on your phone and print it out or anything else that will help your family remember.

Bonus idea: share it with other families, so others can thank God with you! You can post it to the God’s Story 365 Facebook wall or share it on Instagram using the hashtag #GodsStory365. We can’t wait to celebrate what God’s done with you. 

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