Posted by: pastortomvabeach | November 17, 2014

Thought for the Week November 23, 2014

On Sunday we will come together to share in a time of expressing our gratitude to the Lord for what He has done in our lives over the past year. The following week we will celebrate our national holiday of Thanksgiving.

For many, that day is a welcome respite from the daily grind of work and a time to eat too much turkey and watch too much football. Other than being grateful for the day off there’s not much thought given to the meaning of the holiday.

Paul wrote in I Thessalonians 5:18, In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Did you ever stop to think about what he is saying? “In everything” doesn’t mean to be thankful “for” everything. There are certainly circumstances for which we are likely not very grateful: i.e. totalling the brand new car, being diagnosed with a terminal illness, losing my job, Ebola spreading throughout West Africa, etc. But Paul doesn’t say be thanking “for” everything, he says be thankful “in” everything.

This means that in the midst of the most trying or even scary situations, we can still be grateful for knowing and being loved by the Creator of all things. It means that whatever the situation we can still be grateful that we’ve been saved and given an inheritance in heaven. It means that even when suffering is our lot we can still be grateful that one day all suffering, dying, and hardship will be gone. Gratitude isn’t necessarily about something as much as it is to Someone.

The other thing I notice there is the Paul says being thankful puts us right in the middle of God’s will. This is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Think about that. God’s will is for you to be thankful, in fact, God’s will is for Christians to be thankful. Why would we not be grateful? In Christ are wrapped up all the treasures and fullnesses of God’s blessings and power. He has given you all things that are necessary to make you able to live a godly life (II Peter 1:3). Every blessing in heavenly places has been guaranteed to us who are “in Christ Jesus”!

So this Thanksgiving Day, and all the year through, will you walk in the will of God and give thanks “in everything”? What better way to celebrate life in Christ! Just my thoughts.

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