ODB: Thankful In All Things

March 11, 2013

READ: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22 

In everything give thanks. —1 Thessalonians 5:18

My daughter is allergic to peanuts. Her sensitivity is so acute that eating even the tiniest fragment of a peanut threatens her life. As a result, we scrutinize food package labels. We carry a pre-filled syringe of medicine (to treat allergic reactions) wherever we go. And, when we eat out, we call ahead and quiz the wait staff about the restaurant’s menu items.

Despite these precautions, I still feel concerned—both for her current safety and for her future safety. This situation is not something I would naturally be thankful about. Yet, God’s Word challenges: “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thess. 5:18). There’s no getting around it. God wants us to pray with thanksgiving when the future is uncertain, when heartbreak hits, and when shortfalls come.

It’s hard to be grateful in difficulties, but it’s not impossible. Daniel “prayed and gave thanks” (Dan. 6:10), knowing that his life was in danger. Jonah called out “with the voice of thanksgiving” (Jonah 2:9) while inside a fish! These examples, coupled with God’s promise that He will work all things together for our good and His glory (Rom. 8:28), can inspire us to be thankful in all things.

— Jennifer Benson Schuldt

Thanks for roses by the wayside,
Thanks for thorns their stems contain.
Thanks for homes and thanks for fireside
Thanks for hope, that sweet refrain! —Hultman

In all circumstances, we can give thanks that God has not left us on our own.

Source: Our Daily Bread

2 replies
  1. Gbenga
    Gbenga says:

    Its been difficult 4me to get job 4a long year now,yet ma heart n body bless God. Although,at time I doubt if “this is d will of God in Christ Jesus for me”. Something inside me stil bles d LORD. Halleluyah!!!

  2. min xiong
    min xiong says:

    Bible mention need to work to have enough to give,Paul preach,also work.may our Lord God grant u a suitable job to glorify and bring others near to him,God bless

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