Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
I Thessalonians 5:18
Paul tells us to “Be thankful in all circumstances.” Now if anyone ever did that it was Paul. He lived it. But the truth is, it is hard sometimes to give thanks. Sure when things are going great no problem. But when things are falling apart or holidays like this remind us of those who have passed on, how do we give thanks? The secret is in another passage of scripture that Paul wrote, this time to the Philippians. He wrote, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” How do we overcome? First, we stop worrying. Worrying never solved anything. It is a fixation on a future that is all in our mind. Second, we pray, we tell God all about our feelings, needs, and concerns. We share with Him our deepest needs. We look to Him like we would a compassionate Father who adores His children. Finally, we surrender and give thanks. We choose gratitude. We choose to thank God because He is worthy of all our thanks, all our praise, all our adoration. And something wonderful happens. We give Him thanks and He gives us joy. On this Thanksgiving, I encourage you to, “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say REJOICE!”
Moment In The Word
Father, I come now to give You praise. Thank You for all that You have done for me. Thank You for giving me a new life in You. Thank You for Your blessings. Thank You for Your unfailing love for me. In Jesus name
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