“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”
1 Thessalonians 5:18
In Lansing, Michigan, during the winter, we don’t get many sunny days. But last year God blessed us with one of those beautiful days, and it seemed that almost everyone was thanking God, except me. As I left my office, a man said, “What a wonderful day we’re having. This is a gift from God!” To which I replied, “Yes, but we’re getting snow later this week.”
In his letters, the apostle Paul helped his readers to develop a theology of gratitude. He wrote about thanksgiving more often than any other New Testament author. From the 23 times he used the word, we learn a few lessons about thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is always directed toward God and never toward people. People were gifts from God and Paul thanked God for their growth, love and faith (1 Cor. 1:4; 1 Thess. 1:2).
Thanksgiving is given through Jesus for everything (Col. 3:15, 17). Paul believed followers of Jesus could be thankful for everything because God is sovereign, and He is working things out for the believer’s good (1 Thess. 5:18)
May we intentionally be aware of God’s gifts all around us, and respond with gratitude. In response to God’s gifts all around us it’s natural to say “Thank You, Lord.” – Marvin Williams.
GRATITUDE IS A NATURAL RESPONSE TO GOD’S GRACE.
Read: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-19
Taken from Our Daily Bread.