“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures for ever!” Psalm 107:1
Why am I thankful?
I often see “Thankfulness Campaigns” on social media, the idea being that you should list reasons over a period of time, for being thankful. Please don’t get me wrong, I’m not anti this idea. In fact I think it’s a great one! A good friend of mine, throughout this whole lockdown period, has posted a positive, ‘I’m thankful for…’ statement every day, and I think that’s wonderful; it demonstrates a thankful heart in adverse circumstances.
Thanksgiving is a Biblical prescription for daily living. But there can sometimes be a very subtle shift in focus in some social media threads, where, if we aren’t careful, our thankfulness (or lack thereof) can start to become conditional: depending on my circumstances, or on what I perceive God to have done for me.
The Psalmist wrote: “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” Psalm 100:4
I don’t see any conditions written here. The truth is, our God is always worthy of our thanks and praise, in any life season and every circumstance! We thank Him and praise Him because of who He is. He is Beautiful, Wonderful, All Powerful, worthy, the One true God, before whom every knee must bow. King of Kings, Lord of Lords. And He is our God who has blessed us, and will continue to bless us all the days of our lives.