Thankfulness vs. Idolatry

For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened… They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever!
Romans 1:19-21, 25


The alternative to thankfulness to God is idolatry as these verses show — worship of me, my way, my accomplishments, my wants, or my plans.


But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God
II Tim 3:1-4


If I’m not thanking God for my food or home or whatever, who am I thanking? Me!  This is one of the simplest ways to describe our failure as humans since the first days of Adam and Eve — Lovers of me. To be a Lover of God is to be perpetually thankful to God in your thinking, your words, and actions.


“Thank you, God, for giving us this beautiful garden to live in.”


These verses above will be read to our children this Thanksgiving and we will remind ourselves of our failure since Adam and Eve to be thankful to God. We needed Him to come, and as a human, to do what all other humans could not. If you need an example of this (and there are many more in almost every story of the Bible), look at the people of Israel in Psalm 106. God had miraculously rescued them from Egypt and by the time they reached the Red Sea had already rebelled and built a golden calf!

So quickly our hearts turn away as well — Ungrateful.


“Thank you, God, for pulling us from this endless slavery”


So today we are going to be thankful for food, but much more than food!

We are going to point our hearts to thankfulness for the Great Provider who provided what we all really needed — Jesus.


Thankfulness is a crucial mindset for Christians and the timing of Thanksgiving is perfectly set right before the season of preparing for Jesus’ birthday.  My dear friend has coined this thankful mindset TH(I)NKFULNESS.  I love this! Thinking thanks is her passion. Fill today and every day with this kind of mindset. A multitude of thankful thoughts are written at


“Thank you, God, for becoming a human and wanting to be near us.”


I am ready to eat this Thankfulness Feast and bring out the Christmas decorations!



These verses and thoughts were rolling around my mind after listening to

Wednesday’s The Briefing by Al Mohler.

0 Replies to “Thankfulness vs. Idolatry”

  1. Thankfulness is better caught than taught… you have to be so intentional about it in every single part of your life! I pray I can be a good example of what thankfulness looks like to my kids… my oldest is 11… I hope I didn’t drop the ball by starting to be out of the ordinary thankful for everything in hopes they will catch on and do the same…. Lord help me to be more thankful!
    So greatful for your post Karen. Will always remember that smile of yours! Hope you guys had a wonderful thanksgiving ?

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