These are among the most powerful words known to man. They have singly settled disputes, won battles, and changed the course of history. These two words can melt an icy heart and make friends of enemies. It is probable that your own life has been touched by these timely spoken words, and perhaps you have felt hurt or loss when they were lacking.
It is distinctly Christian to say “thank you,” a virtue to be sought by every child of God. And though we extol the virtues of thanksgiving among men, its first object and recipient must be God Himself. “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.” (Psalm 100:4). The reason is obvious. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. (James 1:17).
Unbelievers are also capable of true thankfulness. They give thanks for things that are pleasant and, in their estimation, beneficial. But Christians have the capacity to be thankful even in the face of devastation and loss. Giving thanks to God in every circumstance is a virtue that dazzles the minds of unbelievers. Down through the centuries, many have been stirred to ask “Why?” The answer, of course, is the believer’s faith. Christians are the recipients of some very special promises. Promises like, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28).” And then there is, “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (Hebrews 13:5).”
As believers, we have confidence that God is in control and that, no matter what, He has our best interest in mind. So, dear brother or sister, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18).”