“…give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
—1 Thessalonians 5:18
Good or bad, whatever is happening around us and to us has an impact on how we feel. We awake to a bright, sun-shiny day and our hearts sing. The skies are oppressed with a solid wall of black clouds and our hearts are heavy. Science tells us that the human psyche is lifted by sunshine and daunted by long periods of darkness.
We react as well to difficult and trying circumstances that stand in our way. We walk lightly when things are going our way. We think in terms of “this is good” and “this is bad.” It’s a lucky day, or a yucky one. We praise God for the good in our lives, and complain about the devil when things go badly.
There’s a truth God wants us to know in all this. “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” In what circumstances? In all circumstances. That means good or bad, everything that ever happens to us.
This is not a suggestion for good living from God; it is a command—an order that He has issued that Christians must obey. Is it easy? No. But is it right? Absolutely. And because it is right in God’s eyes, we can do it. The simple truth is He equips us with what we need to perform each and every task He gives us. It’s already within us. All we have to do is to allow ourselves to be led by the Holy Spirit. God will take care of the rest and we can give thanks… in every situation, good or bad.