Ephesian 5: 15-21 (KJV)

15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

Why would God command us to thank Him regardless of the circumstances?

The idea defies human logic.

But then, the Lord rarely binds Himself to man- made rules. Scriptural principles serve specific  purposes in the Christian’s life.

Gratitude keeps us aware of God’s presence, which builds our trust and ultimately Scriptural principles.

We must realize that thankfulness is not based on emotion or a situation’s outcome.

We can be grateful, even during trials, because the Lord has promised to work everything for our good (see Rom. 8:28). That means He has a purpose for every experience, pleasant or difficult.  A big problem stacked against our small resources sends us running to Him, thankful He has committed to work it to our benefit.

The believer’s part is to trust God will bring good from trials and to discover His plan, which gives further reason to thanking Him Understanding His intentions renews our strength for facing difficult trials.

Expressing gratefulness changes our attitude about God, ourselves, and our situations. Most people allow hurt and stress to form a pessimistic mindset, which negatively impacts every facet of their life. But believers have God’s spirit working within to provide courage and a flow of thanksgiving.

When we demonstrate thankfulness in harsh circumstances, other people pay attention.

Our co-workers, family, and friends will want for themselves the peace and energy we derive from a grateful relationship with the Lord.

So whatever you experience today, go ahead and defy logic… Praise God.

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