1 Thessalonians 5:18
“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
Here we find one of the places throughout Scripture where the will of God for our lives is plainly written and given to us. It is the will of God that we are thankful in every situation.
We may not be thankful for the circumstances, but we can be thankful while we are in them. While that may seem confusing, it is actually quite simple. When we, or a loved one, receive a diagnosis for an incurable disease we are not thankful for the situation, but we can be thankful while we are going through it.
Why? God is still in control, and He is working things for our good and His glory. We may go through the fire, but we can come forth as gold. The trial of our faith can be found unto His praise, honor, and glory if only we remain thankful during it.
Job showed us how we can be thankful despite things not going how we had planned or how we would prefer. Job lost all that he had, yet he remained thankful and God blessed him for it.
“And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.”
He found himself in trial after trial, yet he never lost his thankful heart. He remained thankful and trusting the One he knew was working things for his good.
“Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.”
How can we remain thankful in every thing? Pray about every thing.
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
Evaluate your thankfulness today. Are you thankful in every thing?
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