"In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." ~ I Thessalonians 5:18
Certain verses in the Bible always speak to my heart no matter how many times I've read them in the past. Those Scriptures seem to contain lessons of which I need to be continually reminded.
As I read I Thessalonians 5:18 yesterday, I decided to break down the first five words of this verse - the command, if you will, to give thanks.
- In. While I'm in the midst of it, while it's taking place; not waiting until afterwards, when it might be easier to find the good in what's already happened.
- Every. All; no exceptions; every single time.
- Thing. This word covers a lot - unexpected circumstance, trial, relationship, spiritual battle, physical illness, emotional upheaval, etc.
- Give. An act of my will; a choice; perhaps even a sacrifice.
- Thanks. Not just acceptance or resignation, but thankfulness, appreciation, heartfelt gratitude.
If ever I saw the need for the Holy Spirit's help, it's right here. Choosing to be thankful through all the things that come into my life is not a fleshly reaction - that would be to complain or to sink in self-pity. It takes the power of the Holy Spirit to give thanks in every thing.
So whatever we face today, my friend, may we choose to have a thankful heart. Thereby, we will know that we are doing the will of God for us.