Time after time in scripture you see the people of God give thanks. Whether it’s coming from the mouth of Paul locked up in a prison or from King David who’s being hunted down by his enemies. There is always thanksgiving.
Growing up in a Christian home, I took on the practice of thanksgiving. As I sat down for a meal, I gave thanks. When class was canceled, you better believe I gave thanks. When prayers were answered and sicknesses healed, I gave thanks. It wasn’t until after God proved his character to me that I then, in return, gave thanks.
You’ve heard before. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:4-7).
In everything. Not just in the resolved, the answered, and the concluded. What would it look like if we gave thanks not just after, not just during, but before? Doesn’t God deserve all of it?
Think of it. It’s the whole idea of thanking God for what he is going to do, for the fact that his character remains the same through it all, and that he will fulfill his promises.
Whether it’s for peace in the midst of a world full of injustice— we are to give thanks while claiming the promise that one day that will all come to an end. While we live in a world with more slaves and more orphans than ever before, we still have the opportunity to give thanks to God knowing that he ultimately has the final word. In times of trails, sorrow, and suffering, there is room for thanksgiving because God himself is peace, joy, and comfort. While we are in seasons of waiting: on healing, answers, or open doors, we can remember our faithful God who will do exactly what he says he will.
On a week designed to give thanks, let’s not only give thanks for what God has done, but what he’s promised to do. Let’s go ahead and thank God for what is to come. Instead of being frustrated that we don’t have answers, let us be people who thank God that answers are to come. As we give thanks before, during, and after, may we continue to seek God and give him the glory he deserves.
May God’s faithfulness in the past be a catalyst to living a life of thanksgiving at all times.
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