Thankful in Everything PT 1
by MBC STAFF
“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18
With the arrival of a holiday season Christians often have a heightened awareness of specific Christian virtues that the season calls for and Thanksgiving is no different. Among all the people groups of the planet, Christians ought to be the most supremely thankful people of all. We have the Almighty, Sovereign God as the backdrop in front of which we stand and experience life. For the Christian there is no such thing as luck, good fortune, coincidence, or karma. We experience nothing less than divine providence in both the good and bad experiences we have and can trust that the God before whom and for whom we live is working both the good and the bad for our ultimate good (Rom 8:28). Because of this, in all things we can be genuinely thankful to God.
This assumes of course, that our attention is on God and His Word. If we were to look elsewhere however, let’s say into our culture, we would quickly see:
- Moral Decay
- Tolerance of Sin
- Political Scandal
- Terrorism (Global & Domestic)
- Marriage Redefinition
If we spend too much time looking at, listening to people talk about, or thinking and worrying on the things above, a bleak picture of the world will form and dominate our minds, our conversations, and our emotions. We will lose sight of God and therefore neglect our giving Him the proper thanks for all of His activity in our lives and in this world.
The formula the Bible gives us for thanksgiving is not one based on situation or circumstance. If it were, Paul would not have used the word “everything” when he wrote the Thessalonians in the above verse. If he meant us only to use the positive elements of our lives as a source for thanksgiving, he might have written, “In every blessing give thanks” or “When you’re feeling good about yourself and your life…give thanks”.
Because God is sovereign (in control), we can find opportunities to give Him thanks in both the good and bad of life. Many Christians will attest to the fact that it is a profoundly rich, deep spiritual blessing to be able to give God thanks during difficult circumstances.
The will of God for you is that you be thankful in everything…what an awesome challenge!
The blogs that follow will attempt to answer the questions:
- Why does God require His children to be thankful?
- How can I increase my desire to acknowledge God more purposefully and thus become more thankful?
For His Glory,
April 06, 2016
April 06, 2016
November 21, 2015