Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thess. 5:18)
Pretty straight-forward huh?
God’s will for your life …
God’s plan for your life …
is to give thanks in ALL Circumstances.
That is, your past circumstances, your present circumstances, and the circumstances you’ll face in the future.
In whatever circumstance you find yourself, God wills and desires that you give thanks.
- Whether you’re majoing in biology or theology
- Whether he/she likes you back or not
- Whether you are single or married
- Whether you have a car/job or don’t
- Whether you’re friend-full or friend-less
- Whether your ministry is surviving or thriving
- Whether you have $!0 or $10,000 in your bank account
- Whether you know what to do for the rest of your life or don’t
God wills that you give thanks.
We often get so caught up on God’s will concerning our choices - but it seems as though God’s more interested in our ability to give thanks in all our choices and circumstances.
Contrary to what is taught in many pulpits in our day - the abundant life God has in store for us doesn’t come by choosing the right person or choosing the right job. Rather, the abundant life comes through the thanks we give regardless of the choices we made for our majors or our spouse.
Of course, it is wise for us to seek God’s wisdom and wise counsel from our parents, pastors and spiritual mentors. And we need to develop spiritual discernment as to the kind of gifts and strengths God has given us to utilize for His glory. (I would strongly recommend you to take the Strengths Finder 2.0 Test by Tom Rath.)
However, we can’ get so stuck in our fear to choose the “right person”, “right job” or the “right ministry environment” that we paralyze ourselves and get stuck in our a choice-less & choice-postponing existence.
God can’t steer a parked car.
As much God deeply cares for you to make the “right choices” - His ultimate will for you to remain faithful and thankful in the choices you’ve made trumps His desire for you to make the “right choices”.
- Whether you marry Mary or Sally, Tom or Tim
- Whether you become a nurse or a dentist, a teacher or a pastor
God will bless the choices you’ve made in faith and grant you an abundant life if you remember to give Him thanks in the midst of your choices and circumstances.
Gratitude is the source of the well-spring of water that flows out of our belly which glorifies God refreshes everyone that we come in contact with.
And the reason we’re able to remain thankful in whatever circumstance we may find ourselves in - is because God is both the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.
He is the God of yesterday, today and forevermore.
In Revelation 11:16, we find the heavenly host thanking and praising God for something that He hasn’t done yet. Because they know that in God’s timeless existence He has already done it and behold His salvation in faith. For faith helps us see what is seemingly unseen and undone.
This is how heaven operates. In faith and thanksgiving!
And the only people that are going to join the chorus in Revelation 11 are those who develop to ability to thank God in all circumstances - and in advance for all the great things He will do for us.
Happy be-lated Thanksgiving!
Remember to thank God for the week coming up - including the final projects and exams you’ll take before Christmas break and the New Year. For God in His “timeless existence” has already helped us and has given us the wisdom and strength to overcome the finals week. Praise God! :)