Ephesians 5:20-21 tell us to give "thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ." Sometimes it's hard to find things to be thankful for. I'm still sad about losing my job with the sheriff's office. But right here this passage is saying to always and for everything give thanks. And if I think hard enough about it, I do have things to be thankful for in this situation. I have a new job, one I know and understand, in a market where people are having trouble finding jobs. I have a family I love. I have bills I've been able to pay. And Sunday, I went to a church service that I truly enjoyed. The music was a good mix of hymns and songs, the pastor was well spoken and explained the text very well, and I felt like I was able to corporately worship God again.
Sure there are negative things in life too, but we need to find God's purpose for placing those things in our lives. We need to find ways to turn them into ways to glorify God. I think someone like me, who tends to be arrogant and dominating, faces these negative times more often. And after reading verse 21 and seeing we all need to be submissive, I believe God puts these hurdles in my life to bring me back to a place of submission. God works all thinks for His glory.
I want to live a thankful life and a submissive life style for God's glory. God is the ruler of all things. I will strive to glorify Him in all I do.
Praise God for All Things.
Praise God the Ruler and King.