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Give Thanks . . . In Everything

November 23rd, 2009 Posted in encouragement, holidays, Pastor's corner

(Thanksgiving Thoughts, Part 1)

Sometimes, worship and thanksgiving can be a sacrifice. That may be because we are down or depressed, or things aren’t going all that well for us. Maybe hardship or tragedy has struck our lives in some way and we don’t want to thank God.

Yet, the Bible urges us to give thanks to the Lord.

Psalm 106:1 says, “Praise the Lord! Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” We are told in Colossians 3:17, “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” And Hebrews 13:15 says, “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.”

We are not told to give thanks to the Lord because we feel good. We are to give thanks to the Lord because He is good.

As we approach God to ask for new blessings, we should never forget to say thanks for the blessings already given. We should be just as quick in returning thanks as we are in requesting help.

But many times, we aren’t. We are quick to ask for help, but we are slow in giving thanks.

Sometimes, giving thanks can be difficult, because we feel like we have been dealt a bad hand in life or things have happened to us that we don’t understand. But here is something we need to remember: “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

This verse doesn’t say to give thanks in some things, or in what you think are good things. It says to give thanks in everything.

Now, it is easy for me to give thanks when something wonderful happens to me. When something bad happens, however, I think, “I won’t give thanks for that.”

But I don’t know that we ever will fully know what was good or bad in our lives until much later. I would even suggest that what you think is a bad thing today may turn out to be a good thing tomorrow or down the road. And what you have thought of as a good thing may, in time, turn out to be a bad thing.

I believe that when you look back years from now, you will be able to say that the Lord knew what He was doing.

One Response to “Give Thanks . . . In Everything”

  1. Ted says:

    Two years ago my wife was told that the only chance for survival was to have a double lung transplant Last June the doctors at UNC Chapel HIll N. C. removed 25% of each of her lungs they were trying to prolong the lung transplant for several years. This past September we were told that the surgery was not a success. It had in fact made her worse.She is on oxygen 24/7 and only has 17% use of her lungs. When we first learned of this fact it scared us so badly that we came home shut our doors and all afternoon we held each other and just prayed. My wife did something that I had never seen her do before she got down and prayed. She told God that she could not do it alone and turned it all over to him. Prayer has done so much for us we can’t even begin to tell you how much God has done through prayer. On Dec 4th she goes into the hospital for some more test and will shortly after that be carrying a beeper waiting for a donor. Today we are both at peace with what is happening. We realize that as a Christian you can not mature spritualy unless you go down in the valleys. When I go through these trials it seems to help me to rearange my priorties.

    We both love the Lord and know that no matter what the outcome of this surgery is that she is a winner and Satan loses. Please pray for us as we go through the final testing before the transplant. I love listening to your station and as a truck driver I look forward to it each day. Pray for me as I serve God through local missions at my Church in Iron Station N. C.
    Your brother in Christ
    Ted Scercy

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