Nutritionists tell us, “You are what you eat.” So, what did you eat today—TURKEY? Ha! Or was it chicken?
One of the great verses in the Bible to help us celebrate Thanksgiving is 1 Thessalonians 5:18. It says, “In everything give thanks, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Do you think of the will of God as something mysterious—something hard to find, and difficult to figure out? Well, I’m here to tell you it’s a lot simpler than you think. Listen—there are many things about the will of God you may not know. But this much you may know for sure—it is God’s will for you to live with an attitude of gratitude.
It was Mark Twain who said, “It is not what I don’t know about the Bible that bothers me. It is what I do know.” In a day of anxiety, anger, and complaining, this verse ought to bother us. “In everything give thanks, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
The word for “will” here is a Greek word that can mean, “to determine something.” But it is also used in a subjective sense of the emotion of desire.
Listen, the fact that this is God’s will for you doesn’t mean He is going to force you to do it. It is simply the desire of His heart that every Christian would give thanks in everything. So, don’t forget this is the will of God for you.
Say—think of it this way: anytime you are not giving thanks in any situation, you are out of the will of God.