In everything give thanks.
As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday here in the United States, we’re called again to focus on what it means to be grateful for the blessings that God has given us. Many, many verses in the Bible speak to the importance of giving thanks. For me, this year one in particular stands out:
1 Thessalonians 5:18—“in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
As I read through this verse two phrases really stick out to me: “in everything” and “God’s will.” Since the word say everything, that means everything: the good, the bad, and the ugly. I really like the fact that it says “in” everything and not “for” everything. God does not expect us to be thankful for the evil that affects our lives. However, we can be thankful “through” the evil that we are experiencing. For example, even while suffering, we can be thankful for God’s protection, for God’s love, or even be thankful that God is over all things and that he sees my every tear and will bring about justice in His timing.
I also find it interesting to see that phrase, “God’s will.” Over the years, so many people have told me that they don’t know what God’s will is for their lives or they don’t understand how to find God’s will. What is the answer? God’s will for us is that we are thankful in everything. This is what God wants us to do and to be. As we trust in Jesus Christ, we can be thankful in every situation knowing that God’s will for us is fulfilled as we are thanking Him.
This is certainly not easy, but through our faith in Jesus Christ it is possible.
So whether your Thanksgiving celebration will look like this:
Or something much more chaotic :-) no matter how you celebrate, take the time to remember that God loves you and that His will for you is to be thankful in everything.
Kristi Burchfiel, Christian devotional author and speaker
Living in the World – Living out the Word
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