Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His steadfast love endures forever. Psalms 107:1 Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thessalonians 5:18). As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I want to encourage you to go the next seven days without grumbling or complaining by giving thanks in all circumstances. Because life is filled with challenges, difficulties, and frustrations, I know that this will not be easy. I urge you to join me in moving beyond easy. Almost everyone gives “thanks” for the obvious blessings. However, it takes effort to give thanks in all circumstances.
Please understand that I am not suggesting that we suppress our emotions and ignore our feelings of anger, disappointment, or exasperation when things don’t go as we expect or when we are treated unfairly. On the contrary, express the anger, but in your anger do not sin. Be disappointed, but do not lose hope. Acknowledge the feeling, but refuse to grumble or complain. Rise above the circumstance and know that The Greater One lives in you and is with you (1 John 4:4).
The primary key to making this happen is to talk to God first. Yes, have a conversation with God about the situation. After all, He is the One that can impact your circumstances. When he has helped you process through what you’re feeling, then you can ask Him for His solution to that which has disturbed your peace. Then, if you must talk to others, you will only be asking them to stand in agreement with you and giving thanks to God as you remember that you are His personal concern. Therefore, let nothing ruffle your feathers, but by prayer and supplication with THANKSGIVING, make your request known to God and let grumbling and complaining be far from your lips. (Philippians 4:6)
I am convinced that if we search diligently for the hand of God in every situation, our hearts will overflow with gratitude for the ever-present, always involved God who loves us through every unpleasant circumstance. Then, we too will declare with grateful hearts, that God causes ALL things to work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. And for this, we say THANK You Jesus! (Romans 8:28)
– Pastor Richard L. Forney, Sr.