In All Things, Give Thanks

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (ESV) ~ give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

 

Give thanks in all things. How can we thank God for terrible trials such as accidents and death and sin? We don’t, this is not what Scripture means. What the Scripture is telling us is to thank God for His presence and power as we walk through such trials. In Christ Jesus there is victory and triumph over all, no matter how terrible. Therefore, in everything (not for everything) – as we walk through all – thank God for the victory He has given us through Christ.

 

Note the statement, “this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” What is the will of God? That we give thanks in everything.

 

Ephesians 5:20 (ESV) ~ giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

 

One thing we notice about this verse is two words, “always” and “for everything”. Our lives are in God’s hands. He guides and directs us through all things. Therefore, we can thank Him for all things – no matter what the things are. He controls all. Giving thanks as we walk along throughout the day – always giving thanks – helps us to experience the fulness of God’s Spirit.

 

Colossians 3:17 (ESV) ~ And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

 

This verse tells that the believer’s response is that of thanksgiving. But note, even in thanksgiving, the believer still approaches God only by Christ. As important as thanking and praising God is, a person still has to approach God by Christ. God will accept no person apart from Christ, not even to offer thanksgiving and praise.

 

Pastor Andy Lambert
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