Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. I Thessalonians 5:18 NIV
Breathe in and breathe out, close your eyes and be still. It will all be over soon. Have you ever felt the weight of the world on your shoulders and weren’t sure how you were going to survive another minute without feeling like your head was going to explode? What do you do when you are faced with insurmountable odds and are not sure where to turn?
Paul writes in 1 Thessalonians that we should give thanks. Really? This is the last thing I want to think about doing when I am faced with fear and anxiety over something that’s happening in my life. What I really want to do is run and throw a blanket over my head, find a dark quiet place in my house to escape until whatever my problem is goes away. Of course, this isn’t what God wants for us.
As Christians, God has given us the Holy Spirit. What comes with this amazing gift is the ability to stand firm on our belief that whatever is happening is God’s will. No matter what troubles or trials we face we know that we will persevere because we are a child of God.
When we are in the midst of trials, God is fine tuning us to be stronger and bolder for Him. Giving thanks in all of our circumstances tells the world that our God is greater and stronger than anything it has to offer.
Giving thanks to God is easy when life is going great and everything seems to fall into place. Why is it so hard to give thanks when we are down? Instead of turning our focus during a crisis to God, we instead turn our focus on ourselves and how the world says we should react. When you think of mainstream media, the acceptable reactions to problems vary but are typically negative. When faced with a difficult situation, the world media trains us to believe our situation is hopeless and we should react out of a sense of fear.
Thankfully, our God is a God of mercy, grace, and love. Thankfulness is not easy when life gets hard but when we choose to thank God for our difficult situation, we will receive His blessing. Remember that God is always at work in your life, He has a plan and it will reveal itself in His timing not ours. So stop focusing on the, ”Why me?” and, instead, turn your attention to God and confidently declare, “Why not me?”
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This week practice giving thanks in all of your circumstances and see how this changes your view of life when difficult circumstances are present.
Blessed Heavenly Father, thank You for Your pure and perfect plans. I know that the Christian walk is not without trials and difficulties. Thank You for believing in me to carry out Your will. I will work on focusing my efforts on Your promises and thanking You for all my circumstances. Thank You for loving me.
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