In All Things Give Thanks At a recent Bible study, we were discussing Thanksgiving and the different meanings it has for Christians. As Christians, we are called to give thanks in all situations and circumstances. While we may never fully grasp this concept in this life, the key to applying this exhortation is ensuring that we have the correct perspective in all circumstances. When our perspective is aligned with God’s, we can acknowledge that His plans are far greater than our own and in this, we can give thanks. “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 As his first letter to the people in Thessalonica comes to a close, Paul gives several exhortations to help the young believers continue to grow and find comfort within the Church. Amongst all of these life-altering lessons, Paul not only calls all Christians to give thanks in everything, but informs us that this is God’s will for us in Christ Jesus. Considering all of the evil in this world, this can be a hard concept to grasp if you missed the section of scripture right before this where Paul says that we are to pray without ceasing. Prayer is one of the most powerful gifts we are given as Christians. While some view prayer as a wish list, we know that prayer is meant to draw us closer to the Lord and align our thoughts and perspective with His. When we pray through a circumstance several things happen; one of these is that our perspective shifts from ourselves toward God. As our perspective shifts, we can better understand that God’s ways are not our ways and that even our grandest schemes pale in comparison to His perfect plan. In every situation we are called to give thanks. In each individual situation, the more we can bring our perspective in alignment with God’s perspective through prayer, the easier it is to be thankful. Even in the toughest situations, once we acknowledge that God is good and that His plans are perfect, we can be thankful that God loves us enough to do what He knows is right and not what our feelings lead us to desire. I thank God for everything that I am and I pray that in my darkest hours, I can be thankful that God is who He said He is and that He is in control Want to find out more about what it means to have a personal relationship with God? You can read more about God’s Plan of Redemption or contact the ministry team with any questions.