A Week of Thanksgiving, Day 5

And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…

Ephesians 5:18-20

This week, we have been looking at some verses about Thanksgiving and thankfulness.  And, when you boil it down, they all say pretty much the same thing.  We are supposed to be thankful at all times and for all things.  Sometimes that is a harder assignment than others.  When everything is going well, it’s easy to be thankful.  Even the vilest, Godless heathen is thankful when things are going well.  That is what separates the Christian from the non-Christian.  The Christian has faith in God.  He has faith that, while he may not understand everything, God does understand everything and will work all things together for good.  So, no matter how bleak it may seem, the Christian can remain thankful for the Lord’s goodness and mercy.  The Christian may not even see the fruit of his faith in this lifetime, but he will be rewarded for his faith and for his thankfulness.

When you think about it, the command to be thankful for all things and at all times is really a matter of faith.  If we can believe what we have not seen, it is not a huge leap to be thankful for what we do not understand.  When something bad happens, I don’t need to understand it.  I simply need to believe that God is still in control and be thankful.

The question is this: what kind of faith do we have?  Do we have a weak faith that complains when it does not understand something?  Or do we have a faith that can truly be thankful in all things?

2 responses to this post.

  1. Wanting that faith that can be truly thankful and to trust Him more and more! god bless you, Ben, as you give us a week of thanks!

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