Giving thanks always…(Ephesians 5:18-20)

Eph 5 20

Yesterday we read Paul’s instruction to us to guard our most valuable resource, time, and budget it appropriately doing what God wants us to do. So what exactly is that? Well, Paul explains:

“be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Paul reminds us to devote our time to what God has planned for us, to be filled with the Holy Spirit, and to give thanks for everything. Everything is all encompassing;give thanks for the blessings, for the challenges, for the hurdles, and for the trials in life.

R. Leighton writes, in Streams in the Desert, “Extraordinary afflictions are not always the punishment of extraordinary sins, but are sometimes the trials resulting from God’s extraordinary gifts. God uses many sharp-cutting instruments, and polishes his jewels with files that are rough. And those saints he especially loves, and desires to make shine the most brilliantly, will often feel his tools upon them.”

It is difficult to be thankful when we are grieving, scared, sick, or hopeless. The Bible gives us specific direction about how to do that:

We can give thanks to God, even in those trying times, because He is close to us, He heals us, and He cares for us.

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18)

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” (Psalm 147:3)

Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)

Remember that nothing that happens in our lives is a surprise to God. He is in every moment, He goes ahead of us, and He is working for us. Each moment in our life is ordained by Him and if we simply follow He will weave all of it together for good.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

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