“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5: 18 NLT

There is a myth about a wealthy king, Midas, who never appreciated what he had and craved more. Until one day, his wish was granted, and everything he touched turned to gold, including his beloved daughter. Only then did he truly appreciate the good things he once had in his life.

As believers, we are not to be like King Midas, not appreciating what we have and always wanting more. Instead, we are called to live a life of gratitude, just like our perfect example, Jesus, did (1 John 2:6).

Jesus gave thanks in multiple instances in the Bible: When He had little (Mathew 15:36-37), when He had enough (Luke 22:17), and even before He received the answer to His request (John 11: 41-42). Apart from Jesus, other prominent people in the Bible who lived lives of gratitude include Mary, the mother of Jesus (Luke 1: 46-48), King David (Psalms 105, Psalms 107), Hannah (1 Samuel 2: 1-10), and the Apostle Paul, who rejoiced while in Prison (Philippians 4:4).

Like our anchor scripture states, God’s will for us who belong to Christ is to be thankful in all circumstances. This means that regardless of what we face daily, whether good times or bad, our resolve should always be thanksgiving to God.

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness” Colossians 2:6-7 NIV

There is a reason for using the word ‘overflow’ in the passage above. Our gratitude to God should be immeasurable, uncountable and never-ending because God is God, and He is good. God is the creator of the Heavens and the Earth. Knowing this is enough reason for us to worship and thank Him. He created us, provided for our salvation and will raise us from the dead on the last day. No matter the circumstances we find ourselves in, acknowledging the existence and sovereignty of God should lead us to gratitude (Psalms 100).
Thanking God for who He is, is vital, but more than that, we ought to thank Him because He is good and His love endures forever (Psalms 136: 1-3). As believers, there is an invitation for us to taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalms 34:8) because the goodness of God makes us respond in gratitude. It is said that consecration is a divine response to the revelation of the goodness of God.

Living a life of gratitude becomes easier when we believe without any doubt that God is good. Today and for the rest of our lives, we ought to shun the King Midas way of life and embrace a life of gratitude, thanking God for who He is, what He has done and what He is yet to do.

DO THIS: Get a gratitude journal and fill it with all the things you are grateful to God for.

Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 24:45-53, Hebrews 13:9-25, Proverbs 31, Isaiah 65-66

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