“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV)
Our anchor text is very absolute. It tells us what to do and why. See how the Amplified Version renders it.
“Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will].” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (AMPV)
Did you notice how the Apostle Paul said we should give thanks IN everything? As believers, God will have us remain thankful at all times.
The subject of gratitude to God was taught and portrayed by our Lord Jesus. He gave thanks to God for everything and in every situation; even at dinner before His death on the cross.
Let’s consider the text below:
“And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.” Luke 22:19 (KJV)
In this text, there was a problem to tackle (His impending death) but His first step was to give thanks. With a deep understanding of God’s manifold grace and the fact that His way is perfect, gratitude will instantly well up in our hearts despite the situation we are faced with.
David is another striking example of a man given to gratitude. For every victory; great or small, he gave thanks. He also led the people of Israel to do same. Such instances are recorded in 2 Samuel 22, 1 Chronicles 16, Psalms 18, and in many other chapters.
Like David, rather than give in to despair, you should call forth to remembrance the things God has done in time past. If you even run out of what to thank God for, remember His sacrifice on the cross for your redemption. This should propel you to remain grateful because you have been blessed eternally.
Folks, in good and not-so-good times, one thing is certain: His mercy endures forever. This statement is echoed throughout the book of Psalms as testament of the enduring faithfulness of God.
“Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.”
Psalms 106:1 (KJV)
(Also see Psalms 107:1, 118:1,29, 136:1-3 and many more).
Dear friends, let nothing make your conviction waver. God is good; then, now and always. Regardless of the surrounding circumstances, His goodness is constant.
From today, resolve to give thanks to God in every situation.