By: Pastor Jarren Rogers
“There is power in gratitude to heal us spiritually, emotionally, and relationally.” – Kerry and Chris Shook
Have you ever thought about Jesus’ last days on earth?
He knew what was coming. He knew that he was going to die. He was going to suffer. But how did he react to that realization?
How would you react to the realization that you will die tomorrow?
Would you be sad? Angry? Would you run around doing everything you hadn’t had a chance to do yet? Would you go tell everyone what you really thought about them?
Would you give thanks?
“The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me” (1 Corinthians 11:23-24).
Jesus knew he was going to be betrayed. He knew he was going to die.
Yet, he gave thanks.
We should do likewise.
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 15:18).
In every circumstance you face, you should give thanks. There is always something to be thankful for. You can always look back on your life and give thanks for what God has done in the past, having faith that He will do the same in your current situation.
Giving thanks to God is a salve for the soul. It draws our attention to the goodness of God. It gives us hope for the future.
It’s easy to give thanks when things are going great. But, the ability to give thanks in difficult times is one of the many characteristics that marks a Christ follower.
God’s goodness never changes. God is good when everything is going right and God is good when everything seems to be going wrong.
If you can think of nothing else to thank God for (Psalm 136):
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
His love endures forever.
Parents: Explain to your children what it means to give thanks in all circumstances. Tell them reasons that they have to be thankful even when things aren’t going their way.