In my studies I came across these verses:
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NASB – ¶ Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
………….in everything give thanks, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Really???????
“Surely God does not intend for us always to be filled with praise and thankfulness,” we say. But the scriptures confirm that He does. Why does He ask this of us? It is because God has a specific purpose for thankfulness. When we are thankful, we become more aware of His presence and more motivated to find His purpose. Thankfulness teaches us to trust God, to build our faith, and to recognize our dependence upon Him. How can we be thankful in all things? The Bible tells us that we must first be a child of God. Then, we will receive the Holy Spirit, who will enable us to:
- become more like Christ.
- do the work God wants us to do.
- express gratitude when we feel that we cannot.
Our thankfulness allows us to rise above our problems and to place our focus upon God.
Giving thanks is the will of God. What can you thank Him for right now?