October 11 – Everything? Really, Everything?

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I have to admit, the word “everything” is pretty daunting when it comes to the issue of thankfulness. It’s relatively easy to give thanks for health, material possessions, family/friends, and spiritual blessings; but what about those things that are less than hospitable in our lives?  Are we really to give thanks for those things as well?  According to 1 Thessalonians 5:18, that is exactly what we are to do, and in doing it, we discover the will of God.  Paul said, “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

Wait a minute?  Are we really to give thanks for traffic, headaches, sickness, and financial loss? That sounds somewhat sadistic, right? Consider what Job said to his wife, “What? Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?” (Job 2:10).  Giving thanks is not dependent upon whether or not you like certain things that come into your life.  Giving thanks is the acknowledgment that God is sovereign and whatever He allows to come into your life is for His ultimate glory.  I may not like a flooded basement, but I can give thanks in knowing that God is sovereign and He has a plan for my frustration and grief.  Thankfulness, therefore cannot be controlled or measured by our likes and dislikes, but rather by our persuasion of divine providence. In that, I give thanks.

Daily Reading: Matthew 22-23

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