“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
I’m reflecting on this today… Giving thanks in ALL circumstances.
It’s easy to give thanks when things go our way, isn’t it? Got that job offer or did awesome in that presentation? Thank you, Lord! Got that bonus? That new customer? That message you’ve been waiting for? Thank you, Jesus! But really… giving thanks when you are in a period of long wait or indecision? Giving thanks when you are suffering or watching friend or family member suffer? Giving thanks when a tragedy occurs? Let’s face it. That’s just plain HARD.
My heart has been heavy over some things that my friends, family and even acquaintances are going through during this Thanksgiving season. My cousin is dealing with a cancer diagnosis. A Facebook friend lost her mother unexpectedly this past year and is trying to figure out how to get through the holidays without her. My son’s teacher lost her mother just a couple of days ago. A family was struck by tragedy as a result of drugs. Give thanks in ALL circumstances?
The way I see it, gratitude is trust. Giving thanks in ALL circumstances is really just another way of saying TRUSTING in ALL circumstances. Trusting in a God that knows the greater plan. That has it all figured out.
The apostle Paul didn’t say this would be easy. He just said to do it. So I challenge everyone, no matter what you face today, get on your knees and say thank you. See if you don’t feel better.
Just a simple prayer. “Thank you, God. I trust you.”