Daily Word from Pastor Graham

November 28, 2014

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

I’d like to point out a few key words in today’s verses… “give thanks in all circumstances.”

It’s easy to give thanks to God and have a grateful heart when things are going well in your life. For many of us yesterday was one of the highlights of year: family, food, and football galore.  However, for many people yesterday was a day of being reminded of a loved one who wasn’t at the table, seeing a child or parent who is ill, or simply feeling alone despite family all around you.  It’s easy to be thankful on the “good days.” But it’s difficult to be thankful when life gets hard or when we feel we have little to be thankful for due to circumstances.

I believe having a thankful response in all circumstances starts with having an appropriate perspective. It’s easy to become narrow in your outlook and forget the big picture. When we become so focused on ourselves and our problems, the problem usually ends up being a lot bigger than it should be. 

So today… I encourage you to take your eyes off your problems and, instead, look to God. Say a prayer of thanks to Him that He has created you and given you life… and look at today as a gift from God to start fresh. 

As it says in Lamentations, “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

Most often, we can’t change our circumstances… but we can change our response to difficult times. If you allow every trial and tribulation to become an opportunity to thank God, He will always show up! When we come into the presence of God and sing praises to Him… He is always there! 

God inhabits the praises of His people and it can change your entire perspective on whatever it is you may be facing today.