Some of you have had a tough year. You’ve endured your share of criticism. Maybe you’ve lost a job. Maybe you’re going through a rough patch in your marriage.
Now comes Thanksgiving. Can we thank God even when times are tough? Yes, we can.
First Thessalonians 5:18 says, “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (NIV).
This verse does not say to give thanks for everything. It says to give thanks in every circumstance. I see it misinterpreted all the time.
You don’t have to give thanks for evil in the world. The Bible does not tell us to be thankful for evil.
But in every circumstance, no matter how bad it is, I can give thanks to God because . . .
- His purpose is bigger than my problem.
- He will give me the power to overcome my problem.
- I know I will grow through the experience if I allow God to help me grow.
I may not be thankful for evil, but I can be thankful despite evil.
How can you be grateful when you’ve lost your job, your health, or a spouse? You look not at what you’ve lost,…Continue Reading