“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you,” I Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV).
It’s easy to give thanks during the good times, when resources are plentiful and when health and prosperity are abounding in our lives. Even then, the tendency at times is to reserve our thanks for one day or a certain time of the year. The real test comes when we are being pounded by the storms of life and there seems to be no relief in sight. This is when many begin to question where God is in all of this is and, why is this happening to me? What will your response be? Will you grumble and complain or will you give thanks?
The Lord instructs us to be thankful in everything. I know that is a hard pill to swallow and I for one have firsthand experience with this. One must come to the realization that our God is good all the time, regardless of what transpires in our lives. As the scripture above says, “for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” It’s hard to understand how or why we end up in a hard place or situation. But know that God is in control and will cause everything to work together for your good. With this in mind, be thankful for His refining fire.
Many of you are facing some of the toughest battles of your lives right now, but keep in mind that no matter how hard it gets, there is always something in your life to be thankful for. Make thanksgiving a lifestyle by starting off each and every day, going before His throne with thanksgiving. Psalms 95:2 says, “Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms” (KJV).
Give thanks, no matter what season of life you are in. Be thankful in abundance. Be thankful in want. Be thankful through the fiery trials. Be thankful during times of laughter. Be thankful in times of mourning. Be thankful on the mountaintop. Be thankful in the valley. Be thankful in health. Be thankful in sickness.
“For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations,” Psalms 100:5 (KJV).
Have a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving.
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