Thankfulness in Scripture is resplendent throughout, shining back towards the Savior. In many instances those who were about to suffer great loss were given much to be thankful for as the Father provided His provision to each.
Abraham on Mt. Moriah was thankful for the ram caught in the thicket, sparing his son, Isaac, from being the sacrifice that was to be offered.
Noah was thankful for the rainbow shining in the sky, the symbol of God’s promise never to flood the entire earth again each time it appears.
John the Baptist was thankful for the day the Savior came towards him from afar off, wanting to be baptized in the River Jordan by John which began His earthly ministry of healing the sick, feeding the hungry, and dying for the sins of the world, rising again as the only Conqueror over death.
Paul was thankful for the bright Light that shone down upon him striking him blind as he journeyed to Damascus, forever changing his life from Saul, the accuser of the brethren, to Paul, the Great Apostle who would go to his death proclaiming the Good News of the Gospel.
The Apostle John was very thankful for his time of walking with the Savior for three and a half years, for he tells us in I John chapter 1, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it and bear witness, and show unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us.)”
“In every thing give thanks:
For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus
I Thessalonians 5:18