Give Thanks in All Circumstances

Bible verse about thanksgiving day and giving thanks. Christian blog for the good and faithful servant. Written by Golfran Rivera in association with the Good and Faithful Show

Quite another year it’s been for us, hasn’t it? Controversy continues to abound, the world often seems darker today than it was the day before, and this COVID-19 thing doesn’t seem to be going away! What is God up to?

It may not always be clear what the will of God is in our lives and in the world around us. His ways are not our ways, and His thoughts are not our thoughts after all. And so, while it is true that He reveals His will to His people, sometimes He likes to keep a bit of the puzzle to Himself. And if we’re being honest with ourselves, this can be more than a little frustrating. Especially during the darker times.

Still, while the Lord may choose to conceal some portions of His will, there is still so much He has already shown us in creation and His Word. Through the Apostle Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, God reveals to us His will in a way that really addresses the heart posture that He intends for His Good and Faithful to have, regardless of what may be going on.

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV

He tells us to rejoice always. Always? Even when the economy is suffering, when disease is hurting our nation and the world at large, when social tensions are on the rise, and when neighbor continues to be hostile against neighbor? Rejoice always.

He tells us to pray continually. Continually? Even in the busyness of the day, the deadlines, the chores, the appointments, and the list of “to dos.” Pray continually.

And He tells us to give thanks in all circumstances. All circumstances? Really? I have to give thanks for the loss of a loved one, give thanks that I lost my job, give thanks that disease has struck and left me disabled? Give thanks in all circumstances.

How can God ask that of us? How can it be that in midst of the times we live in today, considering the last two years of loss and frustrations, how can it be that this Thanksgiving Day we can be asked to sincerely give thanks?

The honest answer is this, “this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Christians like to remind each other that before going to the cross on our behalf, Jesus told us “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33 ESV).

Unfortunately, we can take something as powerful as those words and turn it into something trite; something so overused that it loses its power. But this must not be!

Brothers and sisters, God is not cruel to command us to rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances. He’s not asking us to ignore the pain. He’s not asking us to sweep the suffering under the rug. What God is telling us to do is to fix our eyes on Jesus. To set our minds on Him, our hope in Him. Because He knows all too well the direction of this world, and He wants us to know that in Him we will find rest from it all!

This Thanksgiving Day, if it is painted in shades of loss, we exhort you to really consider the words of Jesus. He was the Son of God, brought down to our place of weakness so that in Him we could find hope and strength. He took on our pain. He understood our suffering. He experienced the loss of friendships, the weakness of sin, the hate of enemies. He lived it all so that in His resurrection He could sincerely say to you and me, “take heart; I have overcome the world.”

So, go to Him if you are weary, and He will indeed give you rest. Blessed are you who mourn, for He will comfort you. And we can give thanks for that. No matter the circumstance, we can always give thanks for that.

To learn more about how to continue to live a life with your hope set on Jesus, we invite you to listen to our podcast, The Good and Faithful Show. Find more practical content in our Devotionals blog written by Pastor Charles D. Chaney Jr.

Don’t forget to tell your wife, tell your kids, tell your family, tell your friends. We’re telling everybody. We ARE the Good and Faithful!

 

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