In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thes. 5:18
Christians have so many reasons to be thankful. Jesus Christ came to this earth to give us abundant, eternal life. He suffered persecution and died so that we may receive forgiveness for our sins. Sometimes we don’t think about the indescribable love He has for us.
The child of God can also thank His heavenly Father for so many blessings. We still have the freedom to go to church and own a Bible. We have been blessed with jobs, health, homes and loved ones.
What if you don’t have these freedoms? What if you have lost your job or your home? How can you be thankful when your health is failing or you’ve lost a loved one? Christians will still be thankful because God is in control.
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to his purpose.” (Rom. 8:28). While bad things are not necessarily good in themselves, God works them together with other circumstances to achieve His purpose. It is like many recipes where the individual ingredients may not taste good by themselves but mixed together the end result is delicious. We know that God is achieving a purpose that we may not understand until we reach heaven.
Finally, we can be thankful that as God’s children, He will bring us through these hard times. He will never leave us or forsake us (Heb. 13:5). God has commanded us to be thankful in all things. So let’s have an attitude of gratitude.
Copyright 2012 Carolyn Dale Newell.