When do you want to say thanks?

When do you want to say thanks?

Ephesians 5:20

giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Will of God is Giving Thanks

We all want to know what God’s will is so that we can do it, but did you know that God’s revealed will is mentioned in several places in the Scripture? For one thing, we know that it is precisely God’s will to give thanks for every circumstance we’re found to be in (1 Thess 5:18). There is no worry about seeking to find God’s hidden will when we can read in so many places in the Bible where God’s will is plainly known. The first and foremost important thing to know was told by Christ, Who said that the will of the Father is to believe in Him and in the Father Who sent Him (John 6:40).

Giving Thanks for All Things

We have so much to be thankful for. When do we not say them? Anytime is a good time because we can thank Him for our great salvation coming at such a great price (Col 3:17). We can give thanks in the morning for our inheritance (Col 1:12) just as Israel did when they had the temple rebuilt (Ezra 3:11). Just as Israel did when God placed a good king called David (2 Chro 7:6), we can give thanks to God for those whom He has placed within the church (1 Tim 2:1) and those who are generous in their support of believers (2 Cor 9:12).

Anytime, Anyplace

Are there any places or any times when we should not be thanking God? I can’t think of any. If you love to sing worship music, then you can thank God in song anytime of the day or night (Psalm 147:7; 107:22). This is one the most special times of worship. You can thank Him on your way to work, while you’re on lunch break, on the way home from work, before you go to bed, when you get up, while you do just about anything you can think of during the day. Even while everyone else is sleeping, you can thank Him silently in your prayers. When do you want to say thanks to God? A better question is when don’t you want to and why? We have every reason to do so at all times.

A Closing Prayer

Great God in heaven, forgive me for my times of thanklessness. You are so good to me, and I can never repay You for all of Your goodness to me. You deserve the praise and prayers of thanksgiving because You gave the most supreme price of all to redeem us, and that was the very life of Your Son, Jesus Christ. In Him I thank you.


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