Giving Thanks Always

May 8, 2012

1 Thessalonians 5:18
give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Giving Thanks Always


When I read this scripture I may struggle a little with this concept, because we can all think of circumstances that the last thing we would be is thankful for them.  Except the scripture doesn’t say be thankful for all circumstances, but to give thanks in all of your circumstances.
Why would we want to give thanks when our circumstances are bad and everything is going wrong?
Thankfulness, even in the midst of adverse circumstance, says to God, ” I see beyond the circumstance and I see You Father as the Lord over my circumstance.”  In acknowledging the Lord with thanksgiving you are not looking at the seen, but the unseen.  You are releasing faith into that circumstance to say to God, “Father you are Lord of all”.  Does not God’s word say in Romans 8:28 that, “all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose?”  If our lives are ordered of the Lord then He knows everything that touches them and sometimes what touches us can be pretty traumatic.  When we can give thanks to God even in those things then we are saying, “Yes God, I believe You are big enough and Your love is great enough to bring me through whatever touches my life and those around me.”
Thankfulness may be the last thing that logically comes to mind when faced with extreme circumstances, but God’s wants us to still be able to thank Him in the good and the bad.  Thankfulness and praise are two of the greatest instruments that we have to enter into the presence of Father and to allow Him to cover us in every situation.  Psalms 100:4 exhorts us, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.”  When we are in true thankfulness and praise we are exercising the worship that Father receives; that which emerges in Spirit and in truth.  It is the place of not just speaking words, but expressing an attitude of faith that allows us to abide in the presence of God, even in those hard places.  That faith coming from our thanksgiving releases God to work in the midst of our circumstances, because our eyes are not focused on just what we see; they are focused on Him who is the Lord of our circumstances.
So, God’s will for us who are in Christ Jesus is give thanks always.  It is not that we are thanking Him for the bad or evil that happens, but we are giving thanks that no matter what because our God still sits on the throne and He is still the Lord of what ultimately comes out of it.  Just as our prayer is to be unceasing our thanksgiving is ever to be abounding to the praise of His name.  God is good all of the time and even in every circumstance, so let us never cease to give thanks.  Our God reigns!

Blessings,
kent

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