1 Thessalonians 5:18 ESV
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Ephesians 5:20 ESV
Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Philippians 4:6 ESV
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Colossians 4:2 ESV
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.
In reading the above verses identify the common charge?
Yep, giving thanks!
When are we to give thanks?
Always, in every circumstance, for everything, in everything, in prayer!
But ask yourself this question. When do I give God thanks? Is it at the dinner table, or when God has given me something that I need or especially when He gives me something I want?
Okay, now ask yourself another question. Do I thank God when I am facing problems?
In all likelihood the last thing we feel like doing when we are burdened with problems is to offer God thanks. Instead, we want to be free of them and will immediately ask God to deliver us from them. And sometimes in our own strength we will design a solution which often just trades one set of problems for another. The weight of our burden only grows heavier!
Often when problems beset us we just can’t seem to focus on anything but those problems. Our thoughts are consumed with the problems. We think about them all the time because we are analyzing them and trying to figure out what we should do. We bend to the temptation to voice our thoughts about the problem to those who will listen. Therefore just like Peter, because our eyes are fixed on the storm, we begin sinking. (Matthew 14:29)
Ah, but isn’t that just what a fiery dart is designed to do?
Yet, when we decide to take our focus off the problems and begin thanking God in those problems the power to turn evil into good is unleashed.
Therefore, think about the problems you are now facing. Would you like for God to turn those problems into something that produces good in your life? Of course you do, but beware Satan would much rather have you sink.