1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” I don’t know about you, but if I’m honest that can be a tall order at times. There is so much going on in our world, in our country, and in our individual lives to easily cause us to complain and feel overwhelmed. But the reality is there’s nothing new under the sun. It’s not as if challenges and difficult circumstances just started happening to us.
When Paul penned these words, he understood it would be hard at times to remain in a place of gratitude. He understood challenges would come, yet he still charged the Thessalonians to be thankful in every circumstance. It was his charge to them and it’s his charge to us today.
Clearly Paul wasn’t just saying be thankful for the sake of having something to say. But what was it? Why was he so adamant in his exhortation about the practice of gratitude? BECAUSE IT IS GOD’S WILL FOR US.
Yes, it is God’s will for us to be thankful . For us to show gratitude in every single circumstance we find ourselves in. The good and the not so good because Romans 8:28 tells us that everything will work together for our good. So even when the situation isn’t good God wants us to be thankful because He has made us a promise that it will work for our good.
I often hear people talking about wanting to know God’s will for their lives or wondering if they’re in God’s will.
Well, here’s one way to know for sure…give thanks in everything!
So I want to challenge you today to look for reasons to be grateful. Regardless of how tough your circumstance may be, I want you to be intentional about being grateful today. Start with just one thing you can thank God for and when you do, I am certain that you’ll find more.
Dear God our Father, how we adore you today! You are absolutely awesome to us and there is indeed no one like you. Forgive us for the times when we grumble and complain. Forgive us for the times when we focus more on what we don’t have than on all we do have in you. How we thank you for loving us in spite of ourselves. Thank you for working our circumstances out even when we can’t see it. And thank you for Jesus. That you would allow your son to die for us is beyond comprehension. Guide us this day and point us to everything around us that we have to be grateful for. In Christ’s name we pray…Amen!.