Westside Baptist Church of York  

Welcome to West Side Baptist Church of York

Kermit L. Minnick, Pastor


"But God be thanked . . . "

  Romans 6:17

  When we consider our national prosperity, liberty, opportunity, and the peace and tranquility which we enjoy in comparison to many other nations of the world, we begin to more fully realize how enriched our lives are. And when we consider what good harvests the fields in this region have yielded this year in comparison to many other regions of this nation, that sense of good supply grows even greater. We experience happiness concerning our circumstances, a sense of being comparatively well off, and joy in these good things of life. This happiness and contentment finds expression in our Thanksgiving Day greeting cards in the phrase: "Happy Thanksgiving." But a note of caution here is in order for it is possible to be happy without being thankful. All truly thankful people are happy, but not all happy people are thankful. The goodness of God is the cause and source of all our blessings and therefore we read in the Bible the frequently repeated exhortation: "O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good." Jesus taught that it is God who "makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust." We also read of God that "he did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good, gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness." When there is thankfulness, the source of the blessing is traced to God. Therefore, we read in the Scriptures such expressions as "But God be thanked," and "Thanks be to God." True thankfulness is happy while being thankful. But when blessings are only traced to "good luck" or to secondary causes as our own hard work, or political policies, etc. then there may be happiness but no thankfulness - at least not to God. As Thanksgiving Day approaches, let us beware of the danger described by the apostle Paul: "they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts and their foolish hearts were darkened." Rather let us "offer up spiritual sacrifices (of thanksgiving) acceptable to God through Jesus Christ." Happy Thanksgiving.



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