“in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thess. 5:18 NKJV)
At times, we think we should only thank God when He has met our needs or in anticipation of what we expect Him to do for us, and not when we are going through challenging times. But as long as we are in this world, challenges and tribulations will come, and when it does come, God has promised us that He has overcome the world. (John 16:33). Greater is He who is in us, than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4).
Why should we then not be grateful and give thanks to the Lord no matter the situation?
The scripture admonishes us that in every situation, we are expected to give thanks, because that is the will of God concerning us. It takes God to bring us to a place, where we give thanks in the mist of crisis and when we are passing through tough times (Acts 7:60).
If the possibility of giving thanks in all situations was not possible, God would not have demanded it from us. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning (Ps. 30:5). But for this to come true in our lives will depend on which side of the divide we stand.
Do you believe what the word of God says concerning you or are you against His word?
God has given us a command to obey, which has nothing to do with how we feel or think. God is the only One who knows our tomorrow, declaring the end from the beginning, whose counsel alone shall stand and who will do all His pleasure (Isa. 46:10). For it is God who works in us both to will and to do for His good pleasure (Phil. 2:13).
Since there is no challenge, no temptation that we may face or are facing, that has not happened to another person before, then, the more reason for us to turn to God, trusting and thanking Him, knowing that He will make a way of escape (1Cor. 10:13).
There is a mystery in giving thanks to God. Christianity is not about going to church. There are sacrifices that go along with being a Christian. One of which is having and maintaining a heart of gratitude at all times, in every situation, knowing that the solution we seek will come through that situation. When we give God thanks in challenging situations with all our heart, we attract the attention of God (2 King 4:26).
When challenges come your way, is your immediate response to blame others, apart from yourself, or to even blame God saying “God has disappointed you”. Or do you give thanks regardless of the situation, which is the will of God concerning you?