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1 Thessalonians 5:18
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
“In” describes a primary preposition denoting a fixed position. The word “in” means in the middle of something. Paul is reminding us that when we are in the middle of some situation whether pleasant or unpleasant, to give thanks to the Lord for His goodness.
This verse is more about thanks to God while we are in the middle of deep problems. If you want to get out, acknowledge the One who can get you out. This is not so much as giving thanks for things God has given us, but thanking God for His faithfulness to rescue, deliver, and bless us when we are in up to our ears in trouble.
Of course it can also mean to not forget to thank God for not being “in” a bad situations at the time. “Thank you Father, that all is well today.”
God’s will and desire for us is the abundant life. When we give God thanks, we are acknowledging Him as our source of all things. “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:6).
When we thank Him we are saying that we didn’t deserve anything but He gave it by grace because He loves us. God has placed us in Christ. We are joint-heirs with Him. We have all spiritual blessings to enjoy. We have access to the riches of glory in Christ. We not only have a ticket to heaven, but all the privileges of first class on the trip.
To give thanks is an expression of gratitude. The subject of “In everything give thanks” is implied. Give God thanks is primary. God is our source. Everything we have is from God. So each day we should rise with thanksgiving on our mouths. We thank Him for His faithfulness and goodness. What we say about God is important.
Whether you are in a sticky situation or in the lap of luxury—give thanks. In everything give thanks. Have a grateful heart for the grace and love of God.