In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:1
The words to the song by Walter Hawkins and the Love Alive Choir says,
Tragedies are common place; all kinds of diseases, people are slipping away; Economy’s down; people can’t get enough pay. As for me, all I can say is, Thank you Lord for all you’ve done for me.
Folks without homes, out in the streets; and the drug habit some say they just can’t beat. Muggers and robbers; no place seems to be safe, but you’ve been my protection every step of the way. I wanna say, thank you, Thank You Lord for all you’ve done for me.
It could’ve been me (Thank You), Outdoors (Thank You), No Food (Thank You), or just alone (Thank You), Without a friend (Thank you), or Just another number, with a tragic end (Thank You), But You didn’t see fit, to let none of these things be (Thank You); Cause everyday by you Father, You keep on keeping me, Thank You Lord for all you’ve done for me.
This song should be the theme song of every believer. No matter what your circumstance is; no matter how bad things are or will become, and no matter whether approve of what is going on in your life or not. There are many believers that have a tendency to only show their gratitude when things are going good in their lives. This is a problem, because God is good regardless of the circumstance, good, bad or otherwise. I hold to the position, things can always be worse. It is God’s grace and mercy that prevents things from being overwhelming to the point of utter despair.
It is of the utmost importance for us to know the God of the Scriptures. The reason I say that is because, when you and I genuinely know that He does everything for our good and for His glory; we understand that based upon His character alone, He does not act in any way that contradicts His deity. Therefore, just knowing who He is; and knowing that He does not allow anything to come into our lives with a purpose, it is absolutely necessary for us to express our gratitude to Him because of His infinite wisdom and because He is God and knows what is best for me.
It is not good to force out a “thank you.” There is an illustration that is very revealing as to the way many think, it says:
A little boy was asked by his father to say grace at the table, While the rest of the family waited, the little guy eyed every dish of food his mother had prepared. After the examination, he bowed his head and honestly prayed, “Lord, I don’t like the looks of it, but I thank you for it, and I’ll eat it anyway. Amen.”
As I interact with Christians, many have that very mindset. There will always be things that are not preferable to us, but it is not the end of the world. And, just as there are things that we do not prefer, there are so many other things that are quite delightful and precious. If we were to see all of the things that are so abundant in our lives, we would look beyond the irritations and disappointments in our lives. That’s is why it is necessary to be thankful for the infinite wisdom of Wisdom that God is working out in our lives in order to bring us into the image of Jesus Christ.
Your servant in Christ,