Daily Bible Reading “In Every Thing Give Thanks” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

1-thessalonians-5-18In Every Thing Give Thanks

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 1 Thessalonians 5:18.

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

-1 Thessalonians 5:18

Paul reminds us, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

Sometimes this is hard to do. It is easy to give thanks and be happy in Christ when everything is going good and all is well. It is much harder sometimes for us to remember to give thanks when things are going wrong or something bad happens in our lives.

There are things like deaths in the family, divorces, and tragedies of all kinds. How are we supposed to give thanks in these times? I have noticed in some of the darkest times of my life, that when I looked I saw blessings from God even then.

For instance, when my husband wrecked his truck and broke his back, it was a terrible time in our lives. But, there were so many blessings. There was a nurse right behind him who stopped to help him and called me. She got her husband to get all of my husband’s belongings out of the truck and took them to their house for safe keeping until my husband’s friend could go pick them up for him.

People were so kind and generous to us. People brought meals. They came and sat with my husband while I went to see my mama, who was in the nursing home at the time. His company filed all the paperwork for him to get paid.

One of the young men from our church came over to cut the grass the whole time my husband was out of work. He even surprised me and planted flower beds in front of my house while I was at the hospital with my husband. When I came home and saw my grass cut and all those flowers in front of my house, it was like God saying to me, I can take care of you.

As hard as the whole situation was, it was actually a time in our marriage when we grew closer to one another. My husband had to learn to depend on me and I had to learn to take care of him. If you take time to notice you will see that God takes care of you even in the bad times.

Sometimes it is not what is going on in our lives that matters as much as how we respond to what is going on in our lives. If we remember to find something to give thanks to God for every day it will lighten our mood and change our attitude into an attitude of gratitude.

 

Things to think about:

  • How can you be able to give thanks in everything?
  • Why does this Scripture say we should give thanks in everything?
  • What can we do to help us to be able to give thanks in everything?


Prayer of the Day
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Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for this Scripture from 1 Thessalonians 5:18. It reminds us to give thanks in everything. It’s not always easy for us to do that, but help us to remember that is Your will for us. Help us to find the blessings in whatever we’re going through. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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