Samantha Vazquez
1 month ago

Thankful

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“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” - 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Give thanks in ALL circumstances.

ALL.

What strikes me when I read this verse is that it is not simply a suggestion but a command to be thankful in every circumstance.

We all know it’s not hard to be thankful when things are going as planned or when we get what we want. But, are we thankful in all circumstances? When doors keep closing in our face, when finances aren’t lining up, when the future seems unclear, when our families are divided, when we find it hard to even wake up in the morning? The list could go on and on.

The majority of our lives will not consist of victorious mountaintop moments when we find it easy to be thankful, but consist of many days spent in the valley and all the places in between. Our thankfulness to God cannot depend on whether a circumstance is good or bad. Our thankfulness is dependent on who God is and He NEVER changes. Even when our circumstances seem hopeless—He is always good, always faithful, and always worthy.

No circumstance can surpass these truths. That’s why we have to make a conscious decision to be thankful even when it doesn’t come naturally. We are flesh, inclined to be selfish, doubtful and complain about our circumstances. We have to remind ourselves of who God is and all that He’s done for us. Our temporary circumstances, although they may be a burden, can never compare to the glory God deserves through our thanksgiving.

A prime example of this is Job. He had everything stripped from him and yet still his response was this:

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.”

Now I don’t know about you but this is rarely, if ever, my response when trials come my way. This is an attitude I want to strive for, to look at my circumstances and be grateful

This Thanksgiving season, I want my thankfulness to be constant and not wavering and I want to challenge you all to do the same. Be reminded of Job who even in the worst of circumstances found a reason to give God glory. Thank God for the season you’re in right now—whether good, bad or in between. There is always a reason to give thanks to the Lord. It is not just a holiday. It should be our response to God every single day.