I have many things to be thankful to God for: my family; my wonderful parents, sister, and extended family; a loving church fellowship; a new home and ministry in Northwest Arkansas; and the list could go on and on. But I am intentionally a little bit late this year in making my list of things I am thankful for.
I am thankful for these things and more, but our lists of blessings are not really the point of giving thanks. If that were the case, then our ability to give thanks to God is dependent upon our circumstances. And if I had a really bad year, and didn’t feel blessed, I wouldn’t necessarily feel the need to give thanks to God.
But the Bible says, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (I Thessalonians 5:18).
It does not say give thanks for everything, but in everything.
Our thankfulness should not be based on our circumstances: whether or not we have everything we want, or even whether or not we feel blessed. Our thankfulness must be based on the fact that, regardless of our circumstances, we have a Savior Who died in our place and a God Who promises never to leave or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5-6).