|On November 19, 1863, there was a dedication ceremony at the Gettysburg Battlefield. The keynote speaker was Edward Everett who spoke for two hours. Little is remembered of Everett’s speech but much is remembered about President Lincoln’s few appropriate remarks that we now call, “The Gettysburg Address.”
Paul made some appropriate remarks for our admonition. Note this short verse which speaks volumes.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
Do we really need a commentary to explain this simple, straightforward and powerful verse?
1st – What should you be thankful for? “In every thing give thanks”
2nd – What is the will of God for you? “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
Once a little boy was asked to pray for his Sunday School class. In his nervousness he meant to say, “Lord may we be more thankful” but instead he said, “Lord may we be more thinkful.” That slip of the tongue is pretty good. If we were more thinkful about all our blessings and what God’s Word says, then we would be more thankful people.
Paul said much in this simple verse. Life would change dramatically if we would only be thankful in every thing!