“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” — 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV
With Thanksgiving around the corner, the theme of “thankfulness” seems to be coming up a lot. I’ve noticed this conversation topic jumps to the top of the list for the time being, then slowly but surly disappears. I find one surprising aspect of thanksgiving is that it should not just be around the table once a year, but also in every aspect of our lives.
Paul never got tired of giving thanks in all circumstances, and neither should we. Although it’s harder said than done, we can give thanks in the midst of suffering and tragedy because it is meant to test our faith. Instead of becoming weary, we can have confidence in the Father who controls every situation.
As we sit around the table with family and friends this Thanksgiving season, we can turn our thankfulness to the only One who truly deserves our praise. Our thankfulness should lie in the hands of the One who bore our sins—the One who never ceases, leaves, nor forsakes His daughters. God continually shows His love for us when we least deserve it. Let’s continue to pray for peace and a never-ending flow of thanksgiving no matter what struggles we face in our lives.
Father, help me to praise You even in the storm. Let me take this season of thankfulness and apply it to every area in my life, not just for the time being. May my praise of thanksgiving for You forever be in my heart and on my lips.
What are you most thankful for? Go through God’s word and write down 3 passages that talk about being thankful. Reflect on those throughout this next week.