November is a season of thanksgiving in our country. For Christians it is our yearly opportunity to give thanks to God, and our yearly reminder to live with gratitude to God and to other people every day of the year.
For the next few weeks I am laying aside the writing books ON MY SHELF and picking up the greatest book of all—The Bible. Each Tuesday I’ll share with you some scriptural reminders to give thanks. I hope my prayerful choices bless you and direct your thoughts toward God, the greatest giver of all times.
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Today let’s remember I Thessalonians 5:18.
In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Does this mean we are bubbly and happy when terrible things happen to us and around us? I don’t think so.
But it does mean to me that I can, and should, thank God for every circumstance, every situation, because I know that God can and will use the best and the worst in my life for my good and for His great glory. That IS why He created us, isn’t it? For His glory.
He will stir all of the lovely and messy ingredients of my life together and pour out a beautiful cake that I can offer to Him in gratitude.
The Apostle Paul shared this and several other wonderful truths with us in Philippians chapter 4. Each sentence in this chapter is a jewel to study and pray over and incorporate into my life. Verses 11 – 13 contain not the least of these jewels.
…I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know both how to have a little, and I know how to have a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content—whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. For I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.
A little or a lot. That isn’t just talking about money and creature comforts. It applies to companionship, to hope, to joy, to rejection and loneliness and all sorts of emotional and spiritual issues.
I can choose to be contented and thankful in everything.