Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 ESV
When we’re up and everything seems to be going well, being thankful is easy. Oftentimes, when things are difficult it’s not easy to be thankful. But we can’t always see what God is doing for us in the difficult times.
The first published African-American female poet, Phyllis Wheatley, was born in West Africa and sold into slavery at seven or eight years of age. Can you imagine giving thanks in those circumstances? That’s exactly what Phyllis did. In her poem “On Being Brought From Africa to America” she acknowledged that it was God’s mercy that brought her from her pagan land to America. She said in Africa she didn’t seek the redemption of Christ nor did she know about it. It was because she was taken from her native land, that she was able to learn of Christ and be redeemed.
Whether we’re able to see how God is working in our hard times or not, we do know that it’s God’s will for us to give thanks no matter what. Thanking Him for our redemption is certainly a good place to start.
Heavenly Father, thank You for redeeming me through the blood of Christ. What a marvelous thing that
is! Please forgive me for the times I have taken it for granted. Better is one day in your courts than a
thousand elsewhere. As I go through this difficult time, I thank You for Your Presence. In Jesus’ Name,
What are you thankful for today? There’s always something to be thankful for – the breath in your body, a place to lay your head at night, the kindness of a friend or loved one. Take a moment and let God know what you’re thankful for.