Charlotte Pence Bond on Are You Depressed This Thanksgiving?

Give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thess. 5:18)

It’s a declaration, a command, and also reads a little bit like a challenge. To give thanks in all circumstances is a difficult thing to do; it takes practice, but it is what we are meant to do as followers of Christ.

“All circumstances” is fairly blunt. The Greek word for “all” is translated as “every, every kind of,” so it means what it says – all. Even in the hard or confusing moments, we have to find ways to give thanks. And in the joyful moments, we must remember to do so, as well.

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Earlier this year, when I was going through a difficult time, I came across Psalm 43 and started committing the verses to memory. To me, the words in that Psalm resonated because they felt like such an honest, prayerful plea before God.

Send out your light and your truth,
let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy hill
and to your dwelling!

Then I will go to the altar of God,
to God my exceeding joy,
and I will praise you with the lyre,
O God, my God.

Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my salvation and my God (Psalm 43:3-5)

Even when things are not going the way we planned, if we are to act like the psalmist implies that we should, we should still praise God.

Praising God, worshipping Him, seems like a different act than thanking Him, but I’m not sure that it is. I think that when we thank God, we are praising Him, too. When we pray for something to happen and it does, it’s easy to forget to thank Him, to offer up praise, but when we do, we draw closer to Him. But even when we don’t feel like thanking God or don’t think we will get anything out of this response, we are still supposed to.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Charlotte Pence Bond