Posted by: SandreS | May 30, 2011

Giving God Thanks for ALL Things

In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you (I Thessalonians 5:18).

Giving thanks always for all things to God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 5:20).

These two powerful verses of Paul have captured my attention for many years.

We are not only to be thankful in everything (I Thessalonians 5:18) – regardless of the circumstances – but we are also to be thankful for all things (Ephesians 5:20).

Thinking about this, according to Paul, to whom are we to give thanks for “all things”?

“To God.”

If my daughter gave me a gift of a pie she had made, would I send a “thank you” for it to my barber? Of course not! That would simply be ridiculous. Of course, I would thank my daughter who gave it to me. The only reason we would thank God for “all things” is that “all things” actually came from God. All things – every last one of them!

All things are of God (II Corinthians 5:18).

For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things (Romans 11:36).

There is but one God, the Father, of Whom are all things (I Corinthians 8:6).

Here is the entrance of faith. The Scriptures make the plain, bold statement that “all things are of God.” Therefore, faith will have the audacity actually to thank Him for “all things” that comes in life, and will with Job say,

Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away; blessed be the name of the Lord (Job 2:10; 1:22).

Here is the greatest lesson of life,  what life is all about: Truly trusting Father in everything, to the point that we also are thanking Him for everything.

Faith is the divinely given courage to believe Father regardless of the circumstances – that daring spiritual boldness simply to believe Him over our emotions, over our senses, over our creeds, over what others might say – that plain audacity just to believe the actual words of God!

Thank God for everything!

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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