“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Almost every Christian at some point in their life will have trouble with this verse. It will be when life gives you a sucker-punch. When the world throws you that curve ball no one saw coming. It’ll be when you hear yourself say, “I don’t know how I can thank God for this…”
So what do we do?
We set ourselves to look at the situation until we find things for which to thank God. We search for those little glimpses of His mercy, protection, and lovingkindness hidden in the circumstances. Then as an act of faith and an exercise in obedience we recite these things back to God in prayer over and over again. As we choose to be consistent and walk in an atmosphere of gratitude, something miraculous happens. We enter into a state of peace, His Peace, even in the middle of our hardship – and find this was His will for us all along.