Monday, January 23rd, 2012
Lights, Camera, Action (Part 10)
In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NKJV)
Thanks and joy are birds of a feather. They form a happy pair that sail over the obstacles of earthly life. It's rare to see one without the other.
That being said, God lists them separately, because each is a vital manifestation and benefit of faith. They are among God's best calling cards to be presented by actors, models, and talent for Christ. They show the Gospel to non-believers, and affirm the Gospel to young or struggling Christians.
Thanking God when you succeed is appropriate. 'I will give You thanks in the great assembly' (Psalm 35:18). Thanking God when you fail is surprising. It's called 'A sacrifice of thanksgiving' (Leviticus 22:29), because it's hard to do. But it surely pleases the Lord. Why?
Thanking God in our struggles shows faith in Him to restore, repair, and renew us. He promises 'That all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose' (Romans 8:28). Thanking God in the midst of a fall shows that we believe His promise to lift us.
Committed Christians look back on hard times and see a blessing; hindsight gives us a broader view. We witness overcoming stories that not only benefitted us in the long run, but helped many others.
As for the future? The Bible says, 'Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God' (Philippians 4:6).
Because we 'Enter into His gates with thanksgiving' (Psalms 100:4), because God is pleased with our thankful faith, and because 'He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him' (Hebrews 11:6).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Lights, Camera, Action series.