King James Version (KJV)
In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
In this eleventh month as the calendar year draws to a close, we look forward to one of our major holidays, Thanksgiving Day. This is an easy time to appreciate and think about all the things for which we are thankful. That our nation has designated a specific day to honor and give thanks is a wonderful thing. Some like to make lists, writing down their many blessings which can be helpful in causing one to reflect.
But Scripture tells us we are to be thankful at all times and we are even to be thankful in all things. Now this verse is not about being thankful for everything that happens to us or around us. The world is full of evil and we are not required to be thankful for evil things. Instead, we are to be thankful "in" all things. It is an attitude of heart wherein lies a distinct difference.
Our Father, rather than expecting us to be thankful for the evil around us, asks that we look for the good He can bring out of our situation. We trust God with thanksgiving in every circumstance to align us with His will. We praise Him in the difficult as well as the good. The verse prior to this one gives us some insight as to how we are able to achieve a thankful heart: “Pray without ceasing.”
So this Thanksgiving season let us be thankful! But even more than that, let us be thankful year round.
“We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.” ~ Harry Ironside
Colossians 4: 2