Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

1 Thessalonians 5:18

Give thanks in all circumstances!” To some this is an easy thing to do. Things had gone well for them. But to others, circumstances around them may have been disappointing, or even discouraging; no, its been bad. To them the immediate reaction to this verse may be one of questioning and hurt, and perhaps even anger and resentment towards God for such an insensitive command.

The key to understanding this word from God lies in the words, “in Christ Jesus.” It instantly moves the focus away from ourselves, and our personal circumstances, and back to Jesus Christ and the work that He has done to give us new life! The continuing reality around us is that in Christ, we now belong to God and have life in God. The things of the world pale by comparison to the new life in Christ.

If we have new life in Christ Jesus, then may we be always grateful to God the Father for His wondrous gift. In our gratitude, we open the gates of our hearts and enter into the Presence of the Almighty. In the light of His glory, the things of this world, even the disappointments and discouragements that had come our way, fade away!

Let us enter into 2018 with a grateful and thankful heart!