Am I Thankful?
I Thessalonians 5:18
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
In everything, refers to everything that occurs in our life. We are to demonstrate and express thanks for everything no matter the circumstance or trial that may come our way. God commands us to find reasons for thanking Him. Have we been unsuccessful in thanking Him for all He has done for us? If we are saved, and living for God, we have one thing left to do in order to follow God’s will—be thankful.
When the love of my life passed away over fifteen years ago, the verse that rang out in my heart and mind was (I Thessalonians 5:18). Certainly, I was not thankful for his death but through his death it taught me to be thankful in all things, even with death. There is no greater teacher than the Instructor that educates through life’s experiences. Through the finality of death, God guided and restored my broken and weakened heart. How could I be thankful for such a time as this? I realized it was the will of God for me and for my children. I learned from this life altering experience–––God makes no mistakes.
God’s will for you is to be thankful in all things because this is the ultimate expression of a grateful heart. Thanklessness can permeate throughout a church, a marriage, and a home ever so quickly, utterly destroying it. 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.” I do understand that God will use difficult circumstances for my good and His glory. Start today by cultivating a heart filled with gratitude. Be thankful for all things in all circumstances because this is the will of God for you who are in Christ Jesus.
Lord, help me to be thankful for all things that You may allow in my life for my good and Your glory.