Monday, June 26, 2017

Giving Thanks

"In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God
in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

The giving of thanks in everything means a life of
unceasing joy. For what he has given to me, and for
how he has proven himself to be my friend, my
happiness offers Him all that it has to give. He never
commands joy without giving abundant cause for it. 
He does not expect thanks where there is nothing to 
be thankful for. He wants us to remember that, even 
in the most trying of circumstances and the deepest 
sorrow, there is always more reason to be thankful 
than to be in mourning. Whatever we lose, God and 
His love are still with us. We have God's own Son to 
be our portion and our friend. Whatever we lose, we 
will always have a peace that cannot be taken away, 
a joy that is unspeakable, a richness of glory that will 
supply every need, and an abounding grace that per-
fects Christ's strength in our weakness. There are 
always the exceedingly great and precious promises, 
and the heavenly treasures that can never pass away. 
God is educating us, through loss and trial, into the 
full enjoyment of our heavenly heritage. He is per-
fectly preparing us for His own fellowship. 

The will of God is in Christ. All that God is and does 
to us, He is and does through our Lord Jesus. The 
Father does nothing in us but through the Son. The 
Son does nothing except as the Father does it through 
Him. Our experience of God's work in us depends on 
our abiding in Christ--our drawing and remaining 
near to God in and through Christ. To a soul seeking 
its life in Christ alone, the will of God ensures a life 
of unceasing praise and thanksgiving. Andrew Murry

Reader, I knew that this verse was going to come to
the forefront. Giving thanks in all things has been
hard for me. However, the thought that He is prepare-
ing a bride for His Son, has been a great comfort to
me. Jesus has gone to great lengths to purchase me.
How can we be one without both of us suffering? I
am reminded of a verse in Philippians 3:

That I may know Him, and the power of His
resurrection, the fellowship of His sufferings,
being made conformable unto His death. 

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