In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
We often hear people say, “The devil is in the details.” They don’t mean anything theological by that—they simply mean that bad things can happen if we don’t read the fine print, ask the right questions, and check every detail. There is something theological about this statement though: “God is in the details”—especially the details of His divinely-inspired Word.
For example, in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, Paul writes the word “in” instead of the word “for”: “In everything give thanks.” What would the difference be? If we were told to give thanks “for” everything, it could include thanking God for tragedies and disasters in which death and destruction reigned. But “in” everything—even in the midst of tragedies and disasters—we can thank God that He is in the midst of the storm with us. We can thank Him that He will use all things—good and bad, hard and easy—for good to those who love God and are “called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).
What are you “in” today? Regardless of where you are and what you are experiencing, give thanks “in everything” as a way to acknowledge God’s presence.
God’s giving deserves our thanksgiving. Unknown
Thankful For Everything, 1 Thessalonians 5:18 – Pastor Chuck Smith – Topical Bible Study