Am I Thankful?
I Thessalonians 5:18
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Well, Thanksgiving is over, did your gratitude last beyond your afternoon nap and football games? For many, that’s the extent of their Thanksgiving holiday. Too often and too quickly, people resort back to being ingrates after Thanksgiving Day is over. After the turkey has been eaten and the leftovers warned up for the last time, the spirit of ingratitude can begin to raise it’s ugly head. But God wills us to be thankful all the time and in all things.
In everything carries an unlimited demand. It refers to everything that occurs in your life. You are to demonstrate and express thanks for everything no matter the circumstance or trial that may come into your life. God commands you to find reasons for thanking Him always. I don’t know about you but there have been times when I have failed so miserably in this area of my life. So, if you’re saved, living for God and loving Him with all your heart, you have one thing left to do in order to follow God’s will—be thankful. It is a command. If you’re not obeying that command, you’re not following God’s will for your life. If being thankful doesn’t come easy for you, neither will finding God’s will. If you struggle with being thankful, you’ll struggle with following God’s will for your life. Here are a few reasons why God wills you to be thankful.
The greatest act of worship you can offer to God is to be thankful to Him for all He has done for you. This is the height of worship because through gratitude, we uphold God as the ultimate source of both trial and blessing—and acknowledge our acceptance of both in humility. With a humble heart you can say in the midst of anything, “God be praised.” That kind of attitude looks beyond the circumstance, through the tears of pain to the plan of God. Those who are thankful see the providential hand of God everywhere and say, “God, I thank You for the peaceful times as well as times of extreme heart ache—a difficult marriage, loss of a job, or severe illness—because I know You will use difficult things for my good and Your glory.”
Man’s pride fails to honor and glorify God as Creator, and in so doing he also refuses to thank Him for His gracious provisions. Ingratitude reveals a heart that is unthankful, and both sins bring about God’s judgment. God is the source of every good thing that men possess and He is good to all, the just and unjust alike. The natural man refuses to thank God because he would have to acknowledge his obligation to worship Him for who He truly is––God Almighty, EL SHADDAI.
Thought: God’s will for you is to be thankful in all things, the ultimate expression of a grateful heart. Thanklessness can permeate throughout a church, a marriage, a family and a home and destroy it. So, cultivate a heart of gratitude and be thankful for all things in all circumstances because this is the will of God for you. Are you thankful?