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Pastor Bud Owen
In Everything Give Thanks
Life has its perplexities even its tragedies. Experiences come to us that we simply don't understand. In fact, there are times when it is very difficult to be thankful. Yet I Thessalonians 5:18 commands us, “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
At this point you may say, “But there's a difference between giving thanks IN everything and giving thanks FOR everything.” I agree. But the Lord wants us to do both. First Thessalonians 5:18 commands me to give thanks in everything, and Ephesians 5:20 says, “Giving thanks always for all things…” You cannot escape the fact that God expects us to be thankful no matter what circumstances may come to our lives.
These verses are easier read than obeyed. When I’m expected at a conference and my flight is canceled because of weather, it is not easy to give thanks. When a loved one is sick or is taken in death, it is not easy to give thanks. Is God commanding the impossible? Is He mocking us and making the pain even worse? It is bad enough that we suffer because of the circumstances, but must we suffer as well because we aren’t really thankful? God NEVER commands what He cannot enable us to fulfill; otherwise He would be mocking us and weakening His own Word.
“In everything give thanks…” We cannot obey that commandment in our own strength; we need the power of the Spirit of God and the encouragement of the Word of God. We look at the situation through tear-filled eyes and wonder what God has planned, but we know His love can never fail us. Because we love Him and He loves us, we trust Him, and as our hope grows stronger, we are able to praise the Lord and give thanks — IN everything and FOR everything.
(The preceding article was written by Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe in his book “The Bumps Are What You Climb On”).
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