It’s easy to well up with gratitude for blessed days like today. Love, grace, peace, joy, and music overflowed. Indeed this is a gift from God. Thank you, Lord! But the verse in 1Thess 5:18, Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus, reminds us that we need to condition our minds to be thankful not only in the wonderful happenings but in ALL circumstances, that includes the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Lord, I give you thanks today for all that you have allowed in my life— the good, the bad, and the ugly circumstances. I surrender them to you and give thanks for your only-good, only-loving purposes for me. Your will is good, pleasing, and perfect (Rom 12:2) even though in my limited vision and understanding, they sometimes appear bad, undesirable, and erroneous. Even though I don’t know the reasons, I know you, and I know you my Abba Father want only what is best for me. Thank you that you are not finished yet and the ugly circumstances are not yet the end of the story. You are at work. At the perfect time, you will reveal the rest of the story, the entire tapestry. In retrospect, I will see that you are indeed right.
As I wait upon you, please strengthen my inner being, increase my faith, and hold me in the palm of your hand, enable me to persevere, be clothed in your full armor, overcome my circumstances, and finish well. Thank you for stretching me so that I may not stagnate as a caterpillar but morph towards being a butterfly. Today, I give thanks in all my circumstances for this is your good, pleasing, and perfect will for me in Christ Jesus.
SONG: GIVE THANKS (Don Moen)