"give thanks in all circumstances."
One little word causes alot of havoc in the soul: "all." It's difficult enough to praise God through the trials and tribulations of life, but to THANK Him????? How is that even possible? Thanking God for the loss of a loved one, for a child that is battling cancer, for a illness that causes pain and debilitation, for a family member who causes strife and discord, for a loved one who is an addict, for the wayward child, for the natural devastation that destroys homes and takes lives, for the financial ruin that puts your family on the streets . . . give thanks? It seems absurd. But, God's Word isn't hinged on ONE Promise . . . each Promise is linked to another. And Romans 8:28 gives us what we need to begin to be obedient to 1 Thessalonians 5:18:
"And we know that God works
all things for the good . . . "
And there's that word again: "all." If God works ALL things for good. Then, we can thank Him for ALL things. Though we can't understand it all, we're told to give thanks.
And while muddling through this with God and allowing Him to wring out my heart over it, I realized something: I MUST give thanks in ALL things, because quite obviously, I'm not God . . .
I found that it is COMPLETELY reasonable to thank Him for the GOOD AND THE BAD (what are good or bad situations in my life are just my perceptions, not God's) . . .
I MUST thank Him
for what I see as GOOD OR BAD . . .
because I have NO ABILITY to know the difference.