Thursday, March 27, 2014

Giving Thanks in Hard Times?

An oft quoted passage when in hard times is 1 Thessalonians 5:18: give thanks in all circumstances. It is true that we should give thanks, because as the passage says, it is God's will for us in Christ Jesus! But how unfortunate that we seem to apply this verse only when in hard times. We somehow view it as a balm that will help us get through a crucible experience. But Paul's admonition is to give thanks ALL the time, in ALL circumstances, the good and the bad. If we take this command to heart, then we will develop a habit of thanking the Lord for even the smallest of things in our lives. Doing so prepares us to give Him thanks when our spirits are crushed in those hard times.

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