18th February 2011

Sincere Thanks

“Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;”
Ephesians 5:20 (KJV)

Our Grandchildren often vie for the opportunity to ask the blessing on a meal.  I had to laugh when I heard this story, which rang a bell.  One young boy was asked to say thanks at a family dinner.  He began his prayer with thanks for the day and all his activities, followed by thanks for Dad, Mum and siblings, before beginning to thank God for the turkey, potatoes and carrots.  But then he paused and looking up at his Mum, asked, “If I thank God for the Brussel sprouts, won’t he know that I’m lying?”

The scripture above says give thanks for all things, and 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV) says, “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

We should even be thankful for trials!  1 Peter 4:12-13 in the Message Bible tells us,  “Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job.  Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced.  This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner.”  The New Living Translation puts it like this:  “Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you.  Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world.”

It says in Matthew 5:45 (KJV), “…for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”  God knows best and sends the sunshine AND the rain.  As the saying goes, ‘To enjoy the rainbow, we must endure the rain’.

We can be thankful,  even if we don’t like it!  As Helen Keller said, “We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world!”

Heavenly Father, help us to trust you completely with our lives,  through the good and the bad.  We give you thanks for all things, including the brussel sprouts!

Study by Nancy Silcox 

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