“Is Thankfulness God’s Will for Me?”
Written by Christi Given | November 14, 2013
PI Girls, as you know, I love reading God’s Word and I will be contributing a couple of articles a month on a “Bible study” topic for you. My prayer is that these pieces will deepen your faith, stir a hunger for more truth and spark an interest in other facets of your relationship with Christ.
Since November is all about being thankful and acknowledging our blessings, I wanted to find scriptures about our PI topic of the month! Not only is an attitude of gratitude attractive, magnetic, positive, inspiring and healthy, but it is also GOD’s WILL for your life! Sometimes we focus on the wrong things in life or get sidetracked by what is NOT happening, which ends up hurting us in the end. Instead, let us count our blessings and thank our wonderful God for all that He has already done!
“In everything give THANKS: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” —1 Thessalonians 5:18
When we have the right perspective and we look up instead of looking down and grim, we will become more expectant that God will open the doors we are waiting to be opened. When we focus on Jesus and thank God for what He has done, especially when it comes to our relationship with the Lord, we will be able to conquer doubt, fear, anxiety and insecurity. This is simply because God’s track record is TOO GOOD. It’s good to reflect on all of the other times in our life when God has come through. He never fails us, and He is always on time
In my previous chats, I’ve encouraged you to write in a prayer journal, and talked about why I appreciate and value journaling. When it comes to being thankful, it’s always great to write down what God has done and how He has been so generous. There is purpose in recording your blessings! Even Joshua made memorial stones (Joshua 4) to remember what God did when the Israelites crossed over the Jordan River! (Joshua 4:7) Let us always praise God for His faithfulness.
Where does it say in the Bible that it is God’s “will” for my life to thank Him for what I have?
It actually says in the book of 1 Timothy 6 in the Bible: “…Godliness with contentment is great gain.” You see, when we are content and satisfied with Christ and God alone, it actually benefits us. It doesn’t necessarily benefit God, although it pleases Him that He would be our ultimate source of life and joy.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us to always give thanks in every situation and that it is God’s will for you. This may seem hard because how can we rejoice and be happy when things aren’t going so well? The message in the verse is saying that we need to thank God regardless; we need to love God unconditionally—not only when things are going our way. I know it sounds cliché, but we can still be sad, upset or even angry with God during trying seasons AND have a grateful heart for our life. Remember, there’s always someone who has a worse situation than you. Let’s try and be appreciative for all of our abundance.
In the Psalms, there are multiple verses that say to give thanks to the Lord because He is good! Amen!
Psalm 118: “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; his love endures forever!” (Also in 1 Chronicles 16:34)
Psalm 100:4: “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name.”
I will leave you with one of my all-time favorite scriptures, Philippians 4. It says:
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again, REJOICE! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with THANKSGIVING, present your requests to God….”
It says in the Holy Bible that when we thank God, His peace will cover our hearts and minds, and will be so powerful that it will blow our mind! Paul continues to write: “…And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
PI Girls, what is YOUR favorite scripture on thanksgiving and praise? Comment below! We love you!