In everything?

In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Years ago, when I first read this verse, I wondered if the Lord truly meant I should give thanks in 'everything'.

This is because then I would quickly cast my mind back to those challenging periods of my life and wondered how truly I could possibly give thanks in those situations.

However by His Grace as I grew in the Lord and began to renew my mind with the word of God, my mind began to see things from the Lord's perspective.

In that same chapter of 1 Thessalonians 5, verse 24 says 'Faithful is He that calleth you who also will do it.

If He asks me to give thanks in everything, then this is because no matter how 'bad' the situation might be, He (God) is faithful and He will do it.

I need only to obey this verse and thank Him in everything. I mustn't be selective in what i thank Him for!
Everything means everything.

It is only in the world of human beings that things are unstable, difficult and unpredictable  but as for our God it is not so.

He is a faithful God
He is reliable
He is dependable
He is able
He is true
He is love
He is holy meaning He cannot lie
He is constant meaning He does not change.

So as I began to see my life as God sees it through meditating on scriptures, I realise that truly I can give thanks in everything!

I can give thanks when I have money in my account.
I also can give thanks when I don't because when I need money to pay my bills or for some other purposes He will abundantly provide for His storeroom never runs out.

I can give thanks when my body feels well
I also can give thanks when my body doesn't feel well because He is the Lord that healeth me and my body will be healed by His word.

I can give thanks when everything around me is rosy and good
I also can give thanks when things around me doesn't look too good because He says He will never leave me nor forsake me; He is watching over me and so things must turn around for my good.

I can give thanks when I receive good news
I can also give thanks when I have just been given a bad report because I know the report of the Lord supercedes every other report and His report is a good one.

I could go on and on, what I am trying to say is this:

Yes in everything I can give thanks!

Giving of thanks is not dependent on the outcome of a matter.
Giving of thanks is THE WILL OF GOD FOR EVERY BELIEVER. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Will you begin to give thanks in everything from today? This is the will of God concerning you.

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