IN EVERYTHING GIVE THANKS TO GOD
What Does It Mean to “Give Thanks in All Circumstances…In All Things”?
Paul was not teaching that we should thank God for everything that happens to us, but in everything. Evil does not come from God, so we should not thank Him for it. But when evil strikes, we can still be thankful for God’s presence and for the good that He will accomplish through the distress. 18 In every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the Will of God for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thess. 5:18.
We live in a world of uncertainty, but the Lord promises (12 And God said, “Certainly I will be with you, and this shall be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve and worship God at this mountain.” Ex. 3:12), with God’s presence to accompany us, His Word to instruct us, His providence to work all things for our good, (28 And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose. Rom. 8:28), and His future prepared for us, (11 For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jer. 29:11), as we have every reason to face the future with confidence. 4 Enter His gates with a song of thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, bless and praise His Name. Psa. 100:4
The Bible encourages believers to focus on eternal things. It is important to thank God for earthly blessings, but in order to always be thankful, there must be things to thank God for that do not rust, decay, or disappear. The way to always give thanks is to remember to thank God for His eternal gifts and promises. 19 “Do not store up for yourselves [material] treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. Matt. 6:19.
REMINDER: IN EVERYTHING GIVE THANKS TO GOD!!!!
Love you and the Blessings of God be upon you
Prophetess Dr. Eleanor Nichols
“A WILLING VESSEL for THE LORD”