“. . . give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (ESV)
With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching this week I’m sure you, like myself, have been thinking of all those things you are thankful for. Yes, of course the turkey, cranberry sauce and pie (at least two kinds!), but also the many blessings God has given us: our friends and family, our jobs, our health, etc. When we stop to count our blessings the list gets pretty long, doesn’t it?
We see in this verse that giving thanks in all circumstances is what God wants us to do, which means of course that it’s for our good. Isn’t that the truth, too? How many times have you found yourself facing despair, and once you start praying and giving thanks or singing a song of thanks to God, it makes you feel so much better? A few weeks ago I was facing a tough situation, reading Bible verses and desperately trying to keep my eyes focused on His Truth. Do you know what finally brought the peace I was searching for? It was singing some songs of praise and worship to God. It is powerful, Friends! I love the ironic moments we find in the Bible and shared one with you a few weeks ago. But the one I’m thinking of right now was when Paul and Silas were thrown in jail by some people upset with the godly ministry they were doing, and after they had been sitting there for several hours we find them according to Acts 16:25 “praying and singing hymns to God.” It was powerful for them I’m sure because it kept them encouraged and in hope, but it was also powerful for those around them. We see how the jail keeper, along with his whole family, became believers as a result of all God was doing through this situation.
This post is later than normal because I was admitted to the hospital on Friday for severe abdominal pain, and am thankfully now home resting and recovering well. But you know what was going through my mind as my husband and I were driving to the ER? It was such gratitude in knowing that God was with me! I was so thankful, even in a very painful and somewhat scary situation, that God was with me, that He was in control, and I could rest in Him. That’s why God asks us to give thanks in everything: it keeps our perspective on the Truth and all He promises us no matter what we’re facing. Join me in giving thanks to Him this week!