Giving thanks in ALL things
November 26, 2009
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
--1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Centuries before Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving an American holiday by official proclamation in 1863, the apostle Paul was calling Christ-followers to a daily life of thankfulness.
In fact, Paul's first letter to the Thessalonians contains what we could call one of the most dramatic proclamations on giving thanks in the Scriptures: "to give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you" (emphasis added).
Now, I know it isn't always easy to give thanks. In fact, it's tempting at times to throw up our hands and say, "This is just too hard!" But take heart. Paul knew a thing or two about difficult times. He knew the pain of prison and persecution, and unspeakable hardship.
So when Paul, the greatest Christian who ever lived, tells us to "give thanks in ALL things" this is no ivory tower proclamation. No. It's a bold statement of trust.
You see, when you give thanks in all things you acknowledge that God is in control of everything!
I can assure you that whatever you are facing, God is still in control. Assure your family and friends of this today when you give thanks for the blessings in your life!
WHEN YOU GIVE THANKS IN ALL THINGS, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE
THAT GOD IS IN CONTROL.
OUR THANKS TO YOU!
Do the words rested... peaceful... and refreshed describe you today? Or do the words stressed... rushed... and pressured better describe your way of life?
If you're like most Christians, you'd probably have to admit those last three words more accurately describe your life most of the time!
The good news is that it doesn't have to be this way... even when your life is one big pressure-cooker. And in my new book, Pause: Resting in God Instead of Stressing Out, I'll show you why.
Based on the principles from Paul's letter to the Philippians and Psalm 23, Pause: Resting in God Instead of Stressing Out will help you find true peace and rest in a world that is anything but peaceful and restful. It's the perfect "pause" button you need!
So please request your copy of Pause: Resting in God Instead of Stressing Out when you give online today! --Jack Graham