“in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thess. 5:18 NKJV)
The scripture instructs us to have and maintain a heart of thanksgiving in all and every situation we find ourselves (1 Thess. 5:18). By obeying this instruction, we have aligned and submitted our will to the will of God, and heaven rejoices. We then have the confidence that whatever we ask God according to His will, He will hear us (1 John 5:14-15).
Whenever we give thanks to God in whatever situation we find ourselves, we activate one of mysteries of the Kingdom of God – The Mystery of Thanksgiving. Having a mindset of always giving thanks to God makes us more sensitive to the presence of God (Ps. 20:7).
Giving thanks always helps us to focus and direct all our attention and energy on the word of God as it concerns us rather than on the challenging circumstances that might be confronting us. We must learn to trust God with all our heart (Ps. 16:1, 31:14, and 56:4), and not lean on our own understanding (Prov. 3:5), and strength (1 Sam. 2:9). This enhances our dependence on God, eliminating pride, arrogance and independence from our lives.
A heart of gratitude gives us an eternal perspective and understanding of the ways of God. Not only do we begin to appreciate the thoughts and ways of God (Isa. 55:9), having activated the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16) focusing on things above (Col. 3:2), we are also able to understand what the purpose of God for us is as it concerns the prevailing circumstances.
A heart that is full of joy is a heart that is thankful in all situations. Such a heart attracts the supernatural energy and attention of God (Luke 17:19) which enables us not only to endure and overcome the trials (Isa. 40:29), but also coming out of it victorious in Christ (2 Cor. 2:14). The joy of the Lord which comes from a thankful heart is based on the deep assurance that we know that whatever the circumstances we are facing, God is in control (Prov. 19:21).
There is nothing that happens to us outside the knowledge of God. God’s purpose for us is to achieve the best (Rom. 8:28) and not based on whether it is convenient for us (Prov. 16:9). God knows each and every one of us (Jer. 1:5) and His plan for us is to bring us to an expected end.
Having been unthankful to God in your present challenging situation as it turned things around for you? The choice is now yours.