Three things to remember in giving thanks

Posted: November 20, 2014 in Theology

One of the things we struggle with is in giving thanks. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Thessalonian church that…

give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

It’s hard to thank God when evil things happen. It’s hard to thank God when things are not going on our way. Thanking should not just come from our mouths, it should come from our hearts. So the question is, How can I genuinely give thanks for all things that happened in my life? Here are three things to remember.

#1 All things come from God.
…Even the “bad things”. Consider the life of Job. He was a guy who had everything and lost everything yet he acknowledged that it is God who gives and takes away (Job 1:21). If God allows evil in our life, our response is that we must trust Him.

#2 All things are designed for our good
(I’m talking about believers here).
…even the “bad things”. God has not promised us that we will have a problem-free life. He promised that He would work things out for our good to those who are called according to His purpose (Rom. 8:28). That even if the situation does not seem to be in our favor, God designed it for our good. Our response is that we should give thanks to God.

#3 All things produce character in us.
…especially the “bad things”. God uses trials in order for us to grow (Psalm 119:71). We, as Christians, grow more in the face of adversity than in prosperity. We also have trials because God chooses every event in our life for a purpose. Suffering, as a result of following Christ, is something expected of a Christian as Christ himself suffered (1 Pet. 4:1-2). These things produces character as trials either shape us in revealing our hearts.

With these three in mind, we must resolve, to be Christ-like despite the difficulties, for God uses the trials for our good.

Helen Keller once said,

So much has been given to me,
I have no time to ponder over that which has been denied.

Indeed, it is easy to complain. The next time you find yourself complaining, remember that God is sovereign. He designed things for our good and He uses the trials to shape us.

Thank you for reading! 🙂

(Re-written from the chapel sermon in ETCP)

  1. Alden says:

    thanks Pastor Gabo 🙂

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