🌹 Give thanks!
“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
When is it easiest to be thankful? When things are going good, right? While it might be easier to praise God when we are most happy and comfortable, it is just as important, if not more important, to thank Him in the midst of trials.
In 1 Thessalonians, Paul tells the church at Thessalonica to rejoice always and give thanks in all circumstances. This can be very hard to do, especially when things aren’t going well. So why do we have to give thanks? Why can’t we give in to cynicism and thanklessness? Because our Lord calls us to a life of continual thankfulness. It is God’s will that we give thanks.
This is not to say we need to be always smiling. Sometimes things in life are difficult and there are times to mourn or be upset, but it is in these moments that we can still give thanks.
The trials in our lives are not pointless. God has a purpose for everything, even the bad. We might not be able to see the good, but God can see the whole picture and we can gain hope in knowing that our suffering is not in vain, but rather, part of God’s greater purpose.
Furthermore, in Colossians 3:17 it says, “And whatever you do whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
So….whether you see the blessing abounding in your life or you are struggling to find anything to be thankful for, turn to God, the one who blesses you with grace and strength daily and who longs for you to praise Him in the midst of your trials, trusting in Him and His perfect purpose for your life now and forevermore.
( ✍️ Allison Richmond – edited NW)