Many people, including Christians use the entire month of November to take a few minutes each day to thank God for His goodness to us, no matter at what state we may be enjoying life. The sincere giving of thanks is fast becoming a lost art, as very few people give thanks. Paul laments in:
Romans 1:21 “because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.”
The progression in the passage is obvious in that it exposes a truth that is becoming the “norm” in our society. When people remove from a personal fellowship with God, an attitude of thankfulness for the overall goodness of God to His creatures becomes absent from their life. Commenting on this G.K. Chesterton wrote:
“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder."
Paul deals with several of the traits that will be dominant in the last days and “unthankful” is right up there with attitudes and actions that are unthinkable. 2Timothy 3:1-9.
Chesterton’s statement is helpful in that it lets us know the importance of living life with a wonder, a thankful spirit as being major to our mental and spiritual health. A few years ago, a cliché helped us to practice thankfulness by developing an; “Attitude of Gratitude.”
Considering the vicissitudes of life, how do we find a way to be “thankful,” to “give thanks” for words that often seem brutal? Often we are agonizing over events such as losing a loved on to cancer, accident, or abandonment, the loss of all things as did Paul.
Cousin Mel Branham sent a brief truth to me based on this verse:
1Thessalonians 5:18 “in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
To give thanks in all situations is a demonstration of trust in God for an overall good.
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