Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him. For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.
This is not a passage that people look at when looking at “thanksgiving” passages. It is in the book of Isaiah and it is a prophetic passage dealing with the future when the Lord comes to restore and rule His people. It speaks of a glorious future time in history, when everything is good and pleasant. I would like to look at the description of this perfect time and place: “…he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.” Right in the middle of this wonderful description we find that there will be “thanksgiving.”
We might tend to think “of course there will be thanksgiving then and there – the Lord Himself will be ruling and all will be good.” But has He not promised us all of that and more? Is He not ruling in our hearts and lives even today? Why should we not be thankful?
Too often, we get our minds focused on what we don’t have or what is going wrong in our lives. We need to focus instead on all that He has given us and promised us. We need to submit to Him and His will and be thankful that He knows the way and has promised to lead and guide us. Everywhere God is in the Bible, we find thankfulness. Can we find it in our lives today?