Our devotional today encourages us to be thankful in all things. Me? I’ve heard that phrase so much, it’s kind of lost its meaning and influence, but actually, the Lord is admonishing us to take an appreciative path through our day. In fact, 1Thessalonians 5:18, reads; “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you“.
Like the Psalmist said in chapter 100:4, “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name“. When/as thankfulness flows freely from our heart, mouth, and very lives, He naturally draws closer to us and even better… those closed doors are no longer a discouragement or even a problem. By faith, we just grab the knob, give it a strong and determined twist, and by the strength this new faith has given us, we walk right through and into a closer fellowship with the Lord.
Today, try (genuinely) expressing heartfelt gratitude for something not-so-nice that happens to you (you don’t make it through a traffic light, that special shipment doesn’t arrive as scheduled, even a difference in the predicted weather). Watch those thankful openings the Lord ‘does’ give you!