Hebrews 12:28 (NLT) says, “Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping Him with holy fear and awe.” It is of no accident that in the same chapter, we are admonished to ‘Follow peace…and holiness’, while looking (to Him) diligently to avoid bitterness. An ‘Attitude of Gratitude’ flows from a life that embodies peace, emulates Christ, and seeks to make 1 Thessalonians 5:18 as a way of life of, “In everything give thanks.”
Let us BE thankful. Thankfulness has to become who we are. That’s more than just something we do. When we get to the point where our focus is the One who blesses rather than the blessings, it becomes easy to have gratitude transformed into an integral part of our character. Thus, it is then engrafted into our identity. When we know that God has promised to give us ‘oil of joy for mourning’ and the ‘garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness’ (Isaiah 61:3a), we also learn how to find things to be thankful for, regardless of our circumstances.
When we’re going through, we can be thankful knowing that we are coming out. When we feel sick, we can be thankful while waiting for manifestation, knowing that by His stripes we are healed. When there’s more month than money, we can be thankful in the fact that we know and serve the God that promises to supply all of our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. When we feel attacks coming in on every side, we can be thankful, knowing God as Job did, and declaring, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him.”
Thankfulness is more than just saying, “Thank you.” In order to recognize God above all of our circumstances, whether good or bad, it’s about adopting into our very nature, ‘being thankful’. Because when we do, we are ever thanking our Lord for who He is rather than where we are. This is worship on a far greater level.
Let us BE thankful