Thankfulness is a virtue that everyone should strive to possess. If you don’t know what to be thankful for just look at yourself in the mirror and thank God for keeping you alive. To be in the land of the living is a privilege and not a promise. You see today but you do not see tomorrow so be thankful for what you have today and where you are now. The scripture in James 4:14 – 15 says, “ You do not know about tomorrow. What is your life? It is like fog. You see it and soon it is gone. What you should say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” But instead you are proud. You talk loud and big about yourselves. All such pride is sin.” You cannot sit around and murmur about what you do not have – so many worry about not having the latest fashions and the brand name pocketbooks but that is not God’s concern and neither should it be yours.
On the other hand others are concerned that they haven’t achieved the career they wanted or that their singing or acting career is taking too long to launch but if you leave it in God’s hands He will grant you unmerited favor and grace that will open doors you never expected. Matthew 6: 25- 32 says, “I tell you this: Do not worry about your life. Do not worry about what you are going to eat and drink. Do not worry about what you are going to wear. Is not life more important than food? Is not the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds in the sky. They do not plant seeds. They do not gather grain. They do not put grain into a building to keep. Yet your Father in heaven feeds them! Are you not more important than the birds? Which of you can make himself a little taller by worrying? Why should you worry about clothes? Think how the flowers grow. They do not work or make cloth. But I tell you that Solomon in all his greatness was not dressed as well as one of these flowers. God clothes the grass of the field. It lives today and is burned in the stove tomorrow. How much more will He give you clothes? You have so little faith! Do not worry. Do not keep saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or, ‘What will we drink?’ or, ‘What will we wear?’ The people who do not know God are looking for all these things. Your Father in heaven knows you need all these things.”
If you are in the midst of your enemies still give God thanks because that is where He wants you right now. He will lift you up in their midst and use them to bless you. He will cause them to elevate you to a high place so they can know that there is a God in heaven that reigns on the earth. God used Moses to deliver the children of Israel from under Pharaoh’s bondage in the land of Egypt. The Egyptians did not particularly like the Israelites because they only saw them as slaves and nothing else. However, God saw them as His most prized possession and brought them out in fine style; He did not allow them to leave empty handed. God touched the hearts of their enemies and caused them to bless the Israelites with fine gold and silver.
Yes, God will sometimes use your enemy to bless you as well – it may be challenging at times to accept it and even express your gratitude from the unlikely source known as your enemy but it is pleasing to God for you do so. Psalm 107: 1 says, “Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” When you have trouble on your hands God will use anyone that He chooses to come forth and either bless you or take you out of the mess. Do not exhibit signs of ungratefulness before God and man; instead show that you truly appreciate the kind gesture and thought. See, God will turn your moment of sorrow and moaning into a season of rejoicing and dancing when you walk with a spirit of thanksgiving. Psalm 30:11-12 says, “You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy, that I might sing praises to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!”
Thankfulness mixed with prayer and praise will unlock the mysteries of God and open your heart up to the best of what is in God’s hands. The scripture in Colossians 4:2 says, “Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving.” As you go through life you will encounter many different kinds of people, some loving and some mean, some thoughtful and some hateful, some that share and some that look away, some faithful and some that just cheat, some that eat from the palm of your hands and some that never say thank you. Likewise, there are some people that are always unthankful no matter how big or how small they are blessed they complain and pretend that God does nothing for them. Ungratefulness is a curse that has infected the population. This terrible disease call ungratefulness can cripple you up and paralyze you if you are not careful to make a change before it is too late. God wants you to be thankful about all things and not only big things. The word of God says, “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
You may not see or even have the millions yet but it doesn’t mean you should pretend that everything else that is received is nothing or when someone extends a helping hand to you in times of adversity when you overcome you look away and pretend that you are now where you want to be and turn your back on that hand. Never forget that it is better to be thankful than ungrateful. Colossians 3:15 say, “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.” Thankfulness is a key factor to reaching the next level that God has purposed for you. Never turn your back against the hand that fed you yesterday because you never know when you will have to turn to it again but your ungratefulness could cause that hand to close permanently in your face. The gift of thankfulness is not something that can be purchased at the store. It is a matter of the heart and a sign of worship to God. When you are thankful for little, God will bless you with much. God is the chief builder of thankfulness and you ought to spread that sweet aroma wherever you go and He will make your enemies become your footstool. “I pray that you will be giving thanks to the Father. He has made it so you could share the good things given to those who belong to Christ who are in the light.” (Colossians 1:12)
“Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.” Philippians 4: 6