Paul commands us in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, “to rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything, to give thanks for this is God’s will for us in Christ Jesus.” So here’s my question, what causes you to be less than thankful, even causes you to grumble and complain and be difficult to live with because you’re frustrated and irritated with everyone and everything? In its essence, I think it’s having wrong expectations.
Just listen to Psalm 100:4-5. The Psalmist says, “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. For the Lord is good; His loving kindness is everlasting and His faithfulness to all generations.” Do you see? If you’re absolutely convinced that you are the one and only person who gets to determine what is good, then you’re going to be disappointed all the time; mumbling, grumbling, and discouraged. But when you get your hands around the reality that the Lord is good, very good, and “is working all things for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose”, which means that if your faith is in Christ, every trial and tribulation is for your good and God’s glory. So when we truly trust that the Lord is good, all the time, all the time, the Lord is good, then in everything, we are able to give thanks.
Something to think about from the Proclamation point of view.