1 Thessalonians 5:18 In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Life can change so quickly for all of us and when it does, that is an opportunity for us to tell God "thank You" IN the midst of them.
The Apostle Paul knew very well that life could be happy one moment and fearful the next, or up one moment and down the next. Therefore, because he has learned to be content in whatever state he finds himself, he exhorts us to do the same by thanking God "IN" all circumstances.
In his life, the Apostle Paul had suffered many things and yet He still felt and saw the need to tell God thank you.
The Apostle Paul had told us many things about his life and what he had suffered for the sake of Christ. He had been ship wrecked, beaten, imprisoned, lost at sea, etc., just to name a few and yet in those and many other more circumstances in his life, he gave God thanks "IN" the midst of them all.
We are being called upon to give thanks to God when things are going good and seem to be working in our favor and when things are not going so good and seems to be going the opposite.
We are not thanking God that bad things are happening to us, but we are thanking Him "IN" all things.
If we could just take a moment to think about who we would be or where we could have been if satan truly had his full way in our lives, we would truly open our mouths wide and indeed tell God thank you "IN" all things.
I can recall in 2012 when I was complaining to God about a problem I had been dealing with and instead of thanking Him that it was not as bad as it could have been, I continually complained to Him daily about it.
In my ranting about my problem to God, I heard this small still voice whisper to me, these words: "Debra, do not look at what it is that you are going through, but instead, look at what it could have been."
In hearing those words, my view of the circumstance at the time changed immediately and I went from complaining and blaming to telling God "Thank You" without hesitation.
Sometimes, life requires a true reality check! God has to give us a quick peek in the midst of our complaining, a view of what could have been.
We mumble, grumble, complain, fuss, get mad, angry and even blame others for what is happening in our lives, but, what I have learned in the times when opportunities to get mad and frustrated presents themselves over and over again, is to find peace and rest in "telling God thank You" for the enemy has no power over me and that God is still God and is still in control of my life.
Gratitude should be the attitude of the heart of the believer, regardless of what life throws at us.
We are not exhorted to thank God because we enjoy having bad things happen to us, but we are thanking Him in spite of. because we know that God loves us and that regardless of what we may go through, God is a very present help in our time of trouble. He will never leave us nor forsake us.
Does the issue of life have you mad enough to not want to tell God thank you "IN" the midst of them?
Well, what should you do? The place that we can all start at is Hebrews 4:16- Let us then come with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Philippians 4:6- Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Prayer should be a daily routine for believers.
All day throughout our day, we should be praying and giving God thanks. We do not have to open our mouths out loud to be heard and seen by others when we do it, but, we can silently say it as we move about during our day in a small voice to the Lord in thanksgiving for all He has, still is and will continue to do in and through our lives for our good and for His glory.
We all have countless reasons why we should give thanks to God. Good or bad, "HIM ABLE"!
Today, we all should open our mouth wide and give God thanks for Jesus who died to save us by grace through faith. We are to thank Him that He is still working in our lives for the good, to bless us and not to hurt us.
Gratitude to God for all He has done for us will be evident in our prayer to Him in all circumstances.
Remember, the exhortation on today is to "give thanks", not for all things, but "IN" all things.
God loved us and He "GAVE" Jesus Christ as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. The least we could do is giving thanks back to Him "IN" everything.
As we daily learn how to be content in whatsoever state we may find ourselves, we will also find thanking to God "IN" all things has become something common in our lives.
"IN" all things, give God thanks for this is His will concerning us in Christ Jesus.