“Give thanks in all circumstances…” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Giving God thanks when things are going well is pretty easy – I thank Him for everything ranging from the weather (rain or shine) to the works He is doing in my life and others. I am happy and I am praising Him with a joyous heart, and I think most of you can relate.
When times are tough and I am struggling in life, it’s not always easy to thank Him. Sometimes I really struggle to think of just one thing to thank Him for…and sometimes that one thing has been “thank you that this day is over!” This scripture challenges that and says we should give thanks in all circumstances.
When we’re unemployed, we’re to thank Him. When we’re heartbroken and grieving, we’re to thank Him. When we’re lost and at rock bottom, we’re to thank Him. When we’re lonely, we’re to thank Him. When we’re at the end of our rope, we’re to thank Him. You see, no matter what circumstances you’re going through, God’s there taking care of you. He wants you to recognize that and thank Him. Ultimately, no matter what life is throwing at you, and no matter how hard it is to think of something to be thankful for, you can look to the cross.
Look at the cross and give thanks for that, because no matter what you’re going through, Jesus loves you and made the ultimate sacrifice. That doesn’t downplay your emotions or circumstances because life is tough but it’s meant to remind you that you always have at least one thing to be thankful for. I am working through Experience God and one of the authors, Henry Blackaby says “ I would never look at my situation except against the backdrop of the cross. Your love for me was settled on the cross. That has never changed and never will.” He was dealing with his teenage daughter’s diagnosis of advanced cancer and it helped put things in perspective for me and I hope it does for you as well: sometimes life sucks but God is still with us. We might not understand why things are happening but you are never alone. He loves you – give thanks for that!
I encourage you to list things you’re grateful for and thank Him. Thank Him for the lessons He’s teaching you through these challenging times. Thank Him for the strength you received to get through the day. The more I thank Him, the easier I find things to be – the circumstances haven’t changed but my perspective has.
I pray that those of you who are struggling find comfort and peace in His arms. If you have any specfici prayer requests you’d like to share, comment below or email me through my contact tab. As always, we love hearing from you.