There are days that seem to stretch well beyond 24 hours. Packed with work,
challenges, and unexpected turns, we sometimes reach late afternoon or early
evening and wonder how much more we can handle. I’ve had those kinds of days.
Then I remember 1Thess 5:18 which says, “Give thanks in all circumstances.”
Really? Can we do that and live authentically? Isn’t that sort of pretence? Acting as
if life is great when, in fact, we are almost at the breaking point?
Well, we need to finish the verse: “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is
the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” In Jesus, we have the assurance of God’s
unquestionable and inexplicable love. In Jesus, we have access to the throne room
of heaven. In Jesus, we have all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Col 2:3).
I can give thanks then, because everything that has happened today, even what
seems to be overwhelming, is an opportunity for me to access the endless resources
of grace and mercy in Jesus in order to face and overcome in Him. Days that “never
end”, become an opportunity for me to experience the surpassing provisions of my
Father, in Jesus. We can, even must, give thanks. For it is in those times when we
are stretched beyond our capacities and abilities that we see His provision most
Give thanks today, no matter what kind of day it has been. Give thanks no matter
what the circumstances. In Jesus, there is constant reason for thanksgiving.