As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I’m reminded of 1 Thessalonians 5:18 that declares:

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

I’ve read the brief but profound Scripture passage numerous times. I have found myself questioning, “Give thanks in all circumstances?” There are times when the circumstances are best described as heavy burdens. Relentlessly weighing you down, these “circumstances” seem to overwhelm and overtax your very soul. After the initial shock of this passage, further examination provides a blueprint of understanding and wisdom. The Scripture reads:

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

The operative word is in. It doesn’t mean we are full of gratitude for terrible circumstances and distracting situations. Rather, we give thanks IN all circumstances, recognizing that God has a plan and purpose in the midst of chaos. We give thanks knowing that God has us in the palm of His hands. We give thanks that He cares deeply about our very lives and has accepted the course to journey with us through it all.

Before we take part in a meal or serve our communities this holiday, give thanks to God. Whether you are in a season of harvest or a season of waiting, give thanks. Whether things are going well or your life is facing challenges beyond your control, give thanks. God hears our cry of gratitude and will respond to His children. Give thanks in all circumstances. It’s His will for you! – REF