(Eph 5:20) “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
As Christians, do we give thanks to God always and for all things? My guess is no. Sure we give him thanks for an unexpected check in the mail; sure we give him thanks for the new job, or the promotion on the job; sure we give him thanks when things in our lives seem to be going well. However, do we give him thanks when things are going bad? Do we give him thanks when the car breaks down or we face a financial situation? Are we prepared to give him thanks when he has to take us through a difficult situation to get us to grow up spiritually? My guess is no for the majority of Christians. But the fact is that we are supposed to thank him in all things.
That’s not natural for people to do; in fact it seems to make no sense, that’s why thanking God always for all things is supernatural. If Jesus is God, and the last time I checked in he was; if all things work together for good to them that love God, and to them that are called according to his purpose (Rom 8:28), then there is no reason not to keep a thank you on our lips at all times. I don’t speak to you as one who has made it over because I struggle with the thank you doctrine from time-to-time.
However, we must strive to put our Christian selves in a position to operate in a genuine thank you mode, because if he hadn’t done anything else for us he at least provided us with salvation. At the end of the day King David said “O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good, his mercy endureth forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy (Psalm 107:1-2).” If anybody ought to be thanking the Lord it should be the redeemed.
God Bless You
Pastor Versal Mason