Circumstances may deceive us, but God's Word tells us: "[W]e 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). God is at work for our good and His glory.
Biblical thanksgiving does not focus on our circumstances, but on the character of God. Circumstances change; God does not. In Psalm 73, David was perplexed at the prosperity of the wicked, while the godly faced difficulties and trials. However, he reminded himself that God alone was his provision, counsel, strength, desire, and portion. He knew from God's Word the fate of those who are far from God, and he remembered that it was good and right for him to be near God, his refuge—offering thanksgiving for all God had done.
Biblical thanksgiving does not focus on our circumstances, but on the character of God.
Those who have the salvation of God through faith in Jesus Christ know the secret to peace is found in thanksgiving. The apostle Paul, writing to the Philippians, said, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:6-7).
By submitting our requests to God with a thankful heart, we receive peace that transcends all understanding. Thanksgiving is integral to a right relationship with God. It is the hallmark of a true follower of Jesus Christ because thanksgiving honors God, bringing glory to His name and blessings beyond measure.
Prayer: Father God, I thank You for Your faithfulness. I thank You that I can come to You with my burdens. Thank You for the peace You bring as I lay my burdens at Your feet. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful" (Colossians 3:15).
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