In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Really, God? Because I didn’t order this chapter. How can I give thanks in bad circumstances?
I was a sudden young widow and single mom to 7. Grief was grueling, my children were hurting and I was facing a future without a husband I couldn’t begin to imagine.
Life stunk. My heart was shattered. Every task seemed hard. And I was overwhelmed.
Maybe, like me, you’ve questioned the Biblical mandate to give thanks at all times.
Do we thank God for cancer or drunk drivers or hurricanes that bring so much destruction?
As I studied this verse, I saw it doesn’t say we’re to give thanks FOR everything but that we’re to give thanks IN everything.