“Give thanks in all circumstances;
For this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18
“For this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus…” What’s the will of God for you? That in everything you give Him thanks. That’s His will for you. The circumstances swirling around you aren’t necessarily His will, but He desires that you give Him praise and thanks in the midst of those circumstances. By doing so, you begin to infuse any situation with the possibility of His divine presence and His almighty power.
Sometimes it’s very easy to be thankful. When God’s blessings seem to be overflowing in our lives and everything is running smoothly, it’s easy to have a thankful heart. But in times of hardship or heartbreak, in times of bitter disappointments, in times of tragic loss, in times of painful suffering, in times when the diagnosis is bleak, in times when we’ve been treated wrongly ~ God’s will for us in those situations is to continually give Him thanks. Through these difficult times, we shouldn’t be thinking, “This terrible thing must be God’s will for my life,” because God didn’t necessarily cause the thing that happened to you. But as Christians “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28) This is not saying that God caused bad things to happen to bring about good in your life. No, this tells us that even when bad things happen, God can weave His power and love in it, through it, and beyond it to bring about good in your life.
So as His children, we know that God can take the worst of circumstances and weave in threads of hope and goodness to form a beautiful tapestry. Psalm 22:3 tells us that God inhabits the praises of His people. Begin to praise Him and thank Him in the midst of your circumstances, and invite His presence to permeate your situation. Your present condition may or may not be directly changed by God, but ultimately He promises to bring about good in your life as a result.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Psalm 100: 4 – 5