As we celebrate thanksgiving with family and friends let us remember to thank God IN all circumstances. God does not expect us to thank Him FOR all circumstances but IN all circumstances. In the midst of sorrow, thank Him. In the midst of job loss thank Him. In the midst of financial loss thank Him. In the midst of sickness thank Him. The list goes on.
This is God’s will for us. He has revealed His will in black and white, and then why not we fulfill it. We spend hours trying to “figure” out God’s will when we do not do His revealed will.
Take a paper and write all answered prayers since Jan 2012. The many times He has comforted you. The many times He came through for you. The many times, he guided you through His word. How he washed you when you came back the 100th time committing the same sin! When we begin to write the Holy Spirit will bring all the things to our volatile memory.
One reason why we cannot thank God is lack of contentment.
Now godliness with contentment is great gain.
7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.8 And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. I Tim 6: 6-8
We have so much to be thankful for. When we thank God, the enemy is confused and we thwart his plans.