Have you ever thought of how some of the toughest commands from the Bible are usually the ones that are the most straightforward and cut straight to the heart? For example, “pray without ceasing,” “follow me,” “be joyful always,” and how about this one, “give thanks in all circumstances.”
To give thanks in all circumstances is tough, isn’t it? There is no room for excuses or loop holes that give us a free pass. God desires for our lives to be characterized by thankfulness, even when it is hard. God longs for us to trust Him enough that we can be thankful even when it hurts and life doesn’t make sense!
To give thanks in all situations does not mean that we “fake it until we make it”. Instead, we are to have an attitude of gratitude that flows out of our hearts and is seen in every area and circumstance of our lives. How we respond when tough situations hit speaks volumes. People are daily looking for purpose and meaning and we have an opportunity in the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ times with how we respond to point people towards Christ.
Consider this, we would have nothing good in our lives if it were not for God placing it there. Do you realize that? I think so often we take for granted the gifts that God has given us. James tells us that every good gift we have comes from God (James 1:17).
Every good gift! It does not matter how big or small, every gift was given to us by the God of the Universe. Here is an idea, as we enter this season, I challenge you not to wait until Thanksgiving Day to reflect on how thankful you are. Instead, would you consider daily how much we have and give thanks with a grateful heart? We have a Good Father who deeply loves us through the good and bad times. We have a lot to be thankful for daily!
Geoff Lawson, Student Minister