1 Thessalonians 5:18 – “give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
I wonder…have we/I forgotten what it means to truly “give thanks in ALL circumstances?” Notice that God is not teaching us to give thanks FOR all things, but rather to give thanks IN all circumstance.
So I pondered if my dinner table prayers of thanksgiving for the food have become mundane and routine instead of from the heart. And when I’m having a bad day, complain and take it out on some unsuspected innocent person. How often have I forgotten to thank my Father for the fact that I’m still breathing, walking and talking?
So..have we forgotten what it means to truly “give thanks in all circumstances?” When it’s hot outside we complain about not having air conditioning, but don’t give thanks for the shade in our backyards or the pool you worked hard to buy. We complain about gas prices at the pumps, but forget to thank God for the continued funds to buy the gas needed for our boardwalk and beachside vacations. We cry over spilled milk (literally) on our $600 throw rug, and forget to thank God that we can afford to buy the milk that junior spilled. And we complain about sitting in traffic for an hour on a hot day because of a bad accident, but don’t thank God for keeping us safe and uninvolved in the accident up ahead.
I was reminded that I have so much to be thankful for, but more importantly I was convicted that it’s time I “give thanks IN all circumstances.” Our joy, prayers, and thankfulness should not fluctuate with our circumstances. God is telling us in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 to thank Him no matter what circumstance we find ourselves in. That is hard to do, I’m not afraid to admit it, but it’s my quest and prayer to change that mind set (…but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12:2) How about you?