Thanksgiving: Today’s Challenges are Often Tomorrow’s Blessings

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The Bible tells us to “give thanks in all circumstances” as today’s challenges are often tomorrow’s blessings and remind us “not to be anxious about anything” and “rejoice always” giving “thanks in all circumstances.”

Being thankful always

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

–1 Thessalonians 5:18

No one travels the road of life without hitting a few bumps along the way. And while it’s easy to be grateful when things are going great, the challenge is to feel that way when things are not so great. But the Bible tells us:

Everything means literally everything. God sees where we are and where we need to be. God knows what we know and what we need to learn.

Things could look hopeless today, but everything can change in a day. Rather than be anxious, or worried, take one day at a time. Take each day for what it is, being thankful no matter what.

“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

– Psalm 118:24

Paul: the suffering yet thankful apostle

The apostle Paul faced extreme challenges. During his missionary work and writing the majority of the New Testament, he was beaten, stoned, imprisoned, and even had some type of medical condition he described as a “thorn in his flesh” that he prayed three times in prayer for God to take away – but God did not. Yet for all the suffering and frustration Paul endured, looking to the sufferings of Jesus for strength. Paul wrote some of the best passages on thankfulness, including this:

“Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,”

– Ephesians 5:20

Bad things do and will happen

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

–Romans 8:28

Life is not perfect. God knows that each and every one of us will go through challenges – and sometimes to the level of life and death. But so often, many of our challenges turn out to be blessings in disguise. They help us grow, learn and become more resilient.

Christ’s words on challenges

Christ gave us a message for when the very worst things happen. The very worst thing happened to Christ – he was crucified and killed. But he rose from the dead defeating death, once and for all – for our eternal life and salvation. Jesus reminds us:

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

– John 16:33