“Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:20)
It’s easy to give thanks for the “good” things in life.
But what about the “bad” things? Do we give thanks for them too? Yes! Apostle Paul told us not once, but twice, that we are to give thanks always, for everything (Ephesians 5:20) and “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 5:20). It’s clear that our default position is gratitude, no matter what is going on in our lives.
How can we keep our hearts open to gratitude when things seem unbearable?
We start by knowing that God is sovereign. He’s got control of our experience (Isaiah 46:9-10). We know that He will never leave us (Hebrews 12-5). He is there with us in our times of adversity (Isaiah 43:2). We know too that all things work to good to those who love the Lord (Romans 8:28). Our challenging times are temporary and are insignificant in comparison to our eternal rewards (2 Corinthians 4:17).
If we believe that God’s got us in His hands and His heart in all circumstances of our lives,
it becomes easier to understand what the great bard, William Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet: “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” There’s just life. When we bow to God and give thanks for everything in our life, we find more peace. We know that one day, Jesus will wipe away our tears, and death and the things that cause us to mourn will be no more (Revelations 21:4).
As we ready ourselves for Thanksgiving, let’s remember to give thanks for everything.
Let’s say “Thank you, God” for the hard times, the painful times, the sad times in our lives. Let’s put it all in His hands and know that we are His and we are so loved. Thank you, God, for all you do for us!