Although God has been silent to me these few weeks, He has been faithful. Specifically, He reminded me of giving thanks through this sermon, other people, and most importantly, through His Word.
“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18 KJV (Emphasis added)
What struck me repeatedly was “In every thing”. How do I give thanks in every thing? Every thing covers both good and bad, big and little. Yes, it’s easy for me to give thanks for good things. But it’s difficult to always give thanks for them, let alone the bad things. I tend to murmur, which is the opposite of giving thanks. Complaining is being ungrateful. Ungrateful to Who? To God. And I’m guilty of this. Because it’s in my sinful nature to be ungrateful, God commanded that I must give thanks in every thing.
“… for this is the will of God …”
It’s His will that I should be grateful. Do you know what’s harder than giving thanks in every thing? Giving thanks from my heart. This is true gratefulness.
To truly give thanks means–
- I’m trusting Him wholly,
- I’m believing that God is always Who He is,
- I’ve surrendered every aspect of my life to Him,
- And that it’s His will.
Whereas, complaining shows that–
- I’m doubting Him,
2. I don’t believe that God is always Who He is,
3. I didn’t surrender every aspect of my life to Him,
4. And that it’s my will, not His.
Ouch. I feel bad from reading the last points. Choosing between giving thanks and murmuring is choosing between acknowledging God and letting unbelief rule my life. However, it’s impossible for me to consistently choose the former because it’s against my sinful nature. But
“… in Christ Jesus …”
it is possible. Because He freed me from sin. And because I’m free, I can give thanks for Him freeing me, His faithfulness, His silence, His reminders, His mercies, my struggles, my sorrows, the new friends He gave, the old friends He took away, the sense of homelessness I have, the Home I will have, and so on.
Resulting in the fullness of joy and peace in Him no matter what circumstance I’m in. Then I’ll have two more things to be thankful for.
“To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.”
Psalm 30:12 KJV
Very Sincerely Yours,
Clarissa Choo-Choo Train
P.S. If you have a paper and pen near you, write down each good and bad thing for this day. Most importantly, don’t forget to include His character.