What, how can I give thanks for all things or in all things? I mean some things are awful, like cancer or divorce or war or famine. Yet, Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:16 to rejoice always, pray continuously or unceasingly and to give thanks in all things. Why or how? Because God is in all things and he is with you in your suffering or pain as well as in your rejoicing. Yes, he will never leave us or forsake us. So pray unceasingly with thanksgiving in your heart. He is saying, that’s having an attitude of prayer or seeking of the Lord in all things.
Paul also tells us that, “We can do all things through Him who gives us strength.” (Philippians 4:13). Paul tells the Romans in 8:28 that he is working all things together for good, for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. This is a conditional promise, that He is working good in everything in His timing and His way, if we know, trust and have received Him and called him our Lord and Savior.
So what else do we do in trial and tribulation? Paul again in Ephesians 5:20 tells us, “Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Do you sing when you are having pain or in loss or grief? He tells us a few verses earlier in v.18, to be filled continuously with the Holy Spirit speaking to one another with Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs. I think that some things are possible only through God, like singing in the storms of life, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Old Testament Psalms also gives us, “I will extol or exalt the Lord at all times; His praise will always be on my lips…let the afflicted hear and rejoice…I sought the Lord and he answered me; He delivered me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34:1,3,4). There is more in this Psalm, but suffice it to say, we are to keep praising and giving thanks to the Lord regardless of what befalls us.
Yes, “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; His love endures forever (Ps 107:1). AMEN