The “Act” of Being Thankful
Here’s a post a wrote for the local Arizona UPCI Newsletter, Arizona Horizon
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
It is the will of God for us to be thankful at all times and in all circumstances that life may bring. As impossible as that may sound, it is something we can achieve! However, we must understand that the reality of being thankful is simply a choice, a choice we all must make each and every day.
The Pilgrims performed an extreme example of gratitude toward God for all that He had done for them; their situation was bleak but their God was simply amazing. There was more than enough reason to offer thanks to God which is the attitude we should strive to accomplish.
I like the way David put it in Psalm 107:1 when he said “O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever”. David is offering a word of encouragement to give thanks unto the Lord not because everything is going exactly as you planned, not because you have the most money in the bank account and not even because you received something big from God but simply because Jesus Christ, our Savoir is good! And for that one reason, no matter what you may be going through, you choose to have a thankful attitude.
Colossians 3:17 – And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
John 16:33 – These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Shortly after my wife was diagnosed with APL leukemia leaving questions of “why” roaming in our minds, my papaw, Rev. James H. Caldwell, was walking out of the hospital room when he then stopped, turned around and quoted Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for the good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Even though tragedy had struck my wife’s life, it wasn’t our reasonability to understand why but to be thankful for the work He was performing.
Simply put, we can be victorious and thankful in the midst of hardships and trials because Jesus Christ has overcome the world and brings us peace in our tribulation.