Be Thankful, Part 2

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

I Thessalonians 5:18

In these days around the holiday of Thanksgiving (in the United States), we will look at a few of the many verses in the Bible that deal with the subject of thankfulness.  It’s an important subject to remember today in our society of greed and covetousness.

This verse tells us about the importance of being thankful.  There are a couple of phrases that are both going to be hard for us to do.  They are not “easy sayings.”

“In every thing give thanks…”  In every thing give thanks.  It doesn’t say to give thanks when we think we have something for which to be thankful.  It says that we are to be thankful in every thing.  That is easy to say, but tough to do.  It’s tough to be thankful when things don’t seem to be going right.  It’s tough to be thankful when we are going through a trial.  It may be tough, but according to this verse, it’s exactly what we are supposed to be doing.

“…for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”  This is the will of God.  So often people are concerned with finding “the will of God.”  We want to do “God’s will.”  Well, here it is: God’s will spelled out in plain English.  Giving thanks in every thing is the will of God.  (And, just in case we’re wondering if it’s really for us, He puts in that it is the will of God in Christ Jesus “concerning you”)

Considering that we are commanded to give thanks in every thing and then told that it is the will of God, it must be something that God thinks is important.  How are we doing?

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