Journey Through Ephesians, #21
I don’t feel very thankful right now. But God reminds us that we are to be thankful in all things. Read Ephesians 5:14-21.
For this reason it says, “Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you.” Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.
Ephesians 5:14-21 NASB
No matter what is going on, we are called to be thankful to God in Christ Jesus. There can be difficulties and hard times or we can be experiencing peace and prosperity. Either way, God is responsible and he is worthy of the thanks and the praise from bringing these into our life.
The struggles allow us the opportunity to know him more and to cling to him tighter and the easy times allow us to thank him for his blessings and for his provision. Either way, we can be thankful to God.
I must admit that I find this difficult to do on many occasions. We are so taught that we are only to be thankful for the good things and the positive things that are in our life. Yet some of the most deep growth times have been times of struggle and trouble. It can be hard to be thankful to God in these times. But, that doesn’t change his goodness and his desire to see us made more like him every day.
Are we thankful to God in every situation?