In Every Thing…

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. – 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Give Thanks

With regards to thanks, you have to give it for it to exist; being thankful is not the same thing as giving thanks. You can be thankful in your heart all day long, but you can easily offend someone by not saying “Thank you” at the appropriate time.

Thanks can be given in many different ways, but the fact is that it must be expressed in some way, not just felt. Say it with words, express it with a card, show it with a gift, or something. The whole concept of “giving” means it leaves you and goes somewhere else.

Every Thing

Note that it’s “every thing,” not everything. It may seem like an insignificant point, but it’s every little thing in particular – every situation, every circumstance, every joy, every pain – not an all-encompassing kind of thing we’re talking about.

You see, it’s easy for us to express a generic “Thank you, Lord, for everything,” but it’s much harder to be specific, especially when things are not going so great. Getting specific with our giving of thanks takes time, points out where we are not so grateful, and forces us to take stock of what we really have.

“In” 

We can focus on being thankful FOR every thing another time, but for now pay attention to that one little word “in.” It’s a simple preposition, nothing more. All it does is point out where you are. And it is “in” every thing that we are told to give thanks.

Are you going through a time of confusion? Give thanks to God for the wisdom and guidance He promises to those who ask!

Are you in pain? No, you don’t have to be thankful for the pain, per se, but certainly give thanks while you are IN pain. Thank God for His mercy and grace. Praise the Lord for His promise to never leave you or forsake you. Thank God for Jesus coming to this earth to suffer so that you could have a High Priest who knows how you feel. Thank Him for the reminder that one day there will be no more pain!

Are in a scary situation? Praise God and thank Jesus for being in your boat! Just think, you could be out on life’s troubled sea all alone, tossed by the waves, but you’re not! If the Master of the wind is the Captain of your vessel, you may get battered by the tempest, but you’ll never sink!  Give thanks for being able to witness the Voice of God speak peace IN your storm.

Remember, giving thanks IN every thing is the will of God IN Christ concerning YOU! Be obedient; give some thanks.

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7 responses to “In Every Thing…

  1. Great post! It reminds me of a post I wrote when I first started blogging called “The Importance of Prepositions” posted here: https://lindakruschke.wordpress.com/2009/12/10/the-importance-of-prepositions/. I love this post because it gets a lot of hits from non-English speaking countries, often ones where Christianity is not very popular.

    On another note, how is your wife doing? I’ve been praying for you as you are thankful in this difficult situation. Peace, Linda

  2. “In every thing” is most definitely the key to balance and sanity in unbalanced and insane moments. Thank you for the reminder. I continue in prayer for you and your wife

  3. Great reminder, and I need it often. I’m also grateful that God receives our thanks even (and maybe more so) when we’re not particularly feeling it. Not feeling it doesn’t make it any less passionate or real.

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  5. Still being “in pain” from a recent surgery, I can testify to the benefits of knowing and acknowledging that Gos is still in control and on the throne. He will see me through to the otherside. Thank you, God for sustaining me this morning.

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