God wants us to know, Thanksgiving in all circumstances. That is a real appreciation. Today, I want to talk about meaning of Thanksgiving. One surprising aspect of thanksgiving is that it’s for all circumstances, not just one big meal a year. Paul said to us, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”.
Giving thanks in all circumstances is especially difficult while undergoing suffering and messy. How can we be thankful when there is something that hurts so much? We can give thanks in the midst of suffering because it is meant to enlarge our faith, not as punishment, and because it is redemptive, not random.
Our suffering is not punishment for our sin — because Christ has borne our punishment in our place. The demands of justice have been met. And our suffering is not random — because God is sovereign over it, and through it God is conforming us in the image of his Son.
We should aim to have our thanksgiving rise in proportion to the value of the object for which we give thanks. Therefore, we should be most grateful for God’s work for us in Christ because it unites us to our highest joy – God himself. Paul said(1 Corinthians 1:4), “I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus”
We are reminded that no matter how messy our lives get, we should always be thankful for God's goodness.
We must remember today's passage.
"give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."