Giving Thanks for All Things
Ephesians 5:20 “giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
This verse makes me believe that we are to give thanks for all things and “all” means even though the trials and tests that we go through. If you had the IRS auditing you, would you give thanks to God for that!? I believe we should because “all” means all! God allows tests and trials in our life to make us depend on Him because these tests, even the extremely difficult ones, allow us to learn to trust Him even when our eyes lie to us. Also, we grow from trials and tests. God may allow us to be tested to see how we’ll react and also not just to see how strong our faith is but to increase our faith because once the trial is over, we’ll see just how faithful God was. And we’ll learn that everything that happens to us always works out for our best (Rom 8:28). Always!