Scripture Text “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Paul wrote, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15
Paul was taken as prisoner onboard the ship bound for Rome. The ship went through a terrible storm. They had gone without food for fourteen days. Paul encouraged everyone to eat because they needed strength to survive.
In Acts 27:35 we read Paul took some bread and gave thanks to God in front of them all. Then he broke it and began to eat. They were all encouraged and ate some food themselves.
Paul was among those who were not Christians; but he expressed his gratitude to the Lord. In the midst of the storm and the danger they went through, Paul gave thanks for the food.
- Thank God for His miracles
One day 10 lepers come up to Jesus outside a village pleading Him to heal them. He healed them but only one came back and thanked Him. All the rest left without a word of thanks and ingratitude.
- When people plot evil pray and thank Him
When the prophet Daniel learned that evil men were plotting against him to destroy him, “he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before” Daniel 6:10
- In the midst of distress, praise and thank God
Prophet Jonah was in the belly of a big fish. In Jonah chapter 2 Jonah says, “In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. From the depths of the grave I called for help, and you listened to my cry.”
“But I, with a song of thanksgiving, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. Salvation comes from the Lord.” V:9
- In times of victory, thank God
As the Egyptian army pursued Israel, they were destroyed in the Red Sea, and the people were filled with thanksgiving: Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord: ‘I will sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted.
Miriam the prophetess, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women followed her, with tambourines and dancing. Miriam sang to them: ‘Sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted. The horse and its rider he has hurled into the sea.’” Exodus 15: 20
- Thanking God in advance
Jesus Christ is our perfect example of thankfulness. When he multiplied the loaves of bread, he first looked to heaven and thanked God for the bread. Luke 9:16
When he raised Lazarus from the dead, he thanked God in advance for answered prayer.
So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me”. John 11:41
Why should we be thankful? Because God has blessed us, and we should be thankful for each blessing.
Let us give away our grumbling spirit and be filled with a spirit of thanksgiving. Thank God in all circumstances.
- Thank God for your spouse, children, parents, friends, church.
- Thank God for His gift of salvation.
- Thank God for His grace, mercy, favor and miracles.