Words from the Heart for Saturday September 3rd, 2016
…give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV)
Giving Thanks Always
Grumbling and complaining is easy, but it is not godly. God’s will for you today is to give thanks in every circumstance. Is there something you’ve enjoyed? Praise Him! Is there a challenge to face? Seek to grow through it. Is there a disappointment? Trust the Lord. Each situation is an opportunity to thank the Lord that He can work in and through you.
Thanksgiving is still a few weeks away but here in Canada we have so much for which to be thankful throughout the year. English explorer Martin Frobisher hosted the first Canadian Thanksgiving. It was held in what is now Newfoundland during his expedition’s attempts to find the Northwest Passage to the Orient in 1578 and marked their safe arrival to the New World. So it was not hosted to celebrate a bountiful harvest. With time, French, Scottish and German immigrants to Canada added some of their traditions to the harvest festival. American traditions like the turkey were added by the United Empire Loyalists around the time of the American Revolution. On January 31, 1957 the Canadian Parliament proclaimed a day of general thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed.
We have so much for which to be thankful. The Bible tells us that every good and perfect gift comes from above. The Lord God is the provider of all that is good and all He asks is that we express our thanks to Him for all that he has provided. It does take a conscious act of the will, however, to live in a constant sense of thanksgiving. There is much about the world that can pull us down and steal our thanksgiving. But if we look at all that the Lord has provided, materially, spiritually and emotionally, we can’t help but be constantly thankful. That’s why Paul would write this to the early Christians in 1 Thessalonians 5:18: “…give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” There is a very important small word in this passage. It says give thanks in ALL circumstances. Now that is a challenge. These early Christians faced some overwhelming issues in their lives. They were not understood by the religious, political or economic leaders of their day. They faced opposition every time they mentioned the name of Jesus and life was not easy. Paul is very clear that no matter what the circumstances of life, we are be thankful. I challenge you, because the Lord challenges us through His Word, to look for every reason for thanksgiving today and then express it. This is God’s will for you.
These have been words from the heart.