Everything? Really? Even the bad stuff?
1 Thessalonians 5:18 says “In everything give thanks . . .”
Sometimes that’s easier said than done. Life assaults us regularly with illness, financial difficulties, harmful relationships, and all manner of obstacles. Giving thanks for God’s blessings is easy. Giving thanks during difficult times is much harder. And yet, the Bible clearly teaches that we can indeed be thankful, no matter what the circumstance we face.
What kind of devout faith does it take to give thanks when we experience loss? What is it within me that can express thankfulness when we are grieving?
The gospel song “In Everything Give Thanks” by Donna Alley offers inspiration from the story of Job, a devout man who lost everything of value to him. With his life in shambles, Job said, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him.” (Job 13:15)
These are the lyrics of Donna Alley’s song:
In everything give Him thanks, give Him thanks.
In everything give Him thanks.
In the good times praise His name;
In the bad times do the same;
In everything give the King of Kings all the thanks.
With all the good things that had come his way,
Is it any wonder you could hear Job say,
“The Lord giveth and He taketh away…I’ll still give Him thanks.”
But when the tables were all turned around,
And Job’s world came crashing down,
His faith in God caused Job to say “I’ll still give Him thanks.”
Take a few minutes to hear this song presented by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir at this link: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UN4rwsAQfyU