“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for us in Christ Jesus.” – I Thessalonians 5:18
This does not mean that we need to be thankful FOR all circumstances, rather, we are to be thankful IN all circumstances, for God is still our God – be it in blessing or in battle. His love and presence remain, and for that, we ought to give Him thanks and praise.
Every evil attack against us is NOT from God. He who is good and is love, has nothing to do with that which comes against us. God, in His infinite wisdom, continuous kindness and lavish love for us, His kids, will keep close – as near as our next breath – through both the presence of pain and of plenty. God’s very nature, His nearness, these are our reasons to be grateful and to give Him praise at all times.
There are times when the suffering or the struggle are making it seemingly impossible to stand, yet in Him, there is strength. In Him, there is hope. In Him, there is reason to reflect upon His goodness and grace.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are our reason to give thanks. Thank You that no matter what surrounds us or comes against us, You alone, remain with us, holding our hands and our hearts. Forgive us for losing sight of You in our storms, and help our hearts to hold onto our hope in You, no matter what comes near – as You are our beacon that shows the way through the storm to the safety of Your loving arms. Teach us to trust in You; Your strength, Your mercy, Your grace, Your great love for each of us that always stays the same. May we give thanks IN all things and at all times, not FOR our circumstances, but for Your faithfulness to us in them. May many come to know Your nearness through our lives lived in gratitude, despite our circumstances. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present