Give Thanks in Everything

The Apostle Paul tells us in I Thess. 5:18, “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” It’s not hard to study the word of God and see the connection between being thankful and humility, joy, prayer, worship, love and many other spiritual characters and exercises.  However, in our verse before us I want you to briefly think about the connection between giving thanks and faith. We are admonished here to give thanks in everything. The only way that we could possibly give thanks in everything is to believe that in everything God is accomplishing His will in our life. Job, when he had lost so much still blessed the Lord because he knew and believed that the Lord was still in control. This does not mean that when bad things happen that we will be able to immediately be able to thank the Lord for that particular thing. For the pain we are currently going through may seem impossible. But, with the eye of faith we look ahead and know that God has a plan for us in this and that His will is being done. When bad things happen we lean on Romans 8:28 which reads, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” It may not be that we are being told to give thanks for the bad things that may be happening to us at the moment. But, give thanks because by faith you believe that God is going to bring good out of this somehow. One of the greatest reasons that we can give thanks in everything is because the Lord is taking this situation in our life and is going to make us more like Jesus Christ (Rom.8:29). That is something to be thankful for in everything we go through. The ability to give thanks in everything is surely a sign of faith in God’s working in our life in order to accomplish His will.