Why Give Thanks In All Circumstances?

Giving thanks in all circumstances is the most reliable indicator of my spiritual health.

A biblically grateful and thankful person is someone who appreciates both how undeserving he/she is before God and how generous God is to them.

But, how do we honestly give thanks when we face difficult situations and circumstances in our lives?

Giving Thanks In All Circumstances

I Thess. 5:18 β€œGive thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

Recently, I have faced events that would challenge the very foundation of this verse. In the past several months I’ve experienced personal loss, family members dying and outright injustices.

Yet the verse remains, “give thanks in all circumstances.”

As I meditated on 1 Thess. 5:18, the Lord revealed a simple truth, making the verse clear to me. To be honest, this truth was right in front of me but I didn’t see it.

Here it is.

The verse says that we are to give thanks “in” all circumstances NOT “for” all circumstances. The Bible never tells me to give thanks FOR injustice or loss but to give things IN them.

I can give thanks IN all circumstances because God IS found in each one. Yes, God is found in each circumstance, even the most difficult ones, if we just look hard enough.

Three Things to Consider About Giving Thanks In All Circumstances

  1. We give thanks because every circumstance, whether it be victory or tragedy, loss or gain, joy or grief comes with the reality of finding God. Our greatest struggle, our most demanding test, every difficult question, we give thanks to God because He is with us right in the middle of it all. When we look beyond our circumstance we will see God.
  2. We give thanks because the Lord understands and feels what we are feeling. He is not aloof, not unconcerned or emotionally disconnected.
  3. We give thanks IN all circumstances because He promised that He will never leave us nor forsake us and He’s given us the Holy Spirit as comforter and teacher. The Holy Spirit is incredibly active in ministering to our pain or loss.

The Result of Giving God Thanks In All Circumstances

When we gain revelation on this truth then our thanksgiving to God doesn’t rely on the circumstances around us, but rather, the strength we find from a good God in us.

I am discovering that giving thanks to God in all circumstances creates security and hope, it keeps my heart healthy and un-offended.

The circumstances we face may be grim and our questions may go unanswered but if we give thanks in the middle of these circumstances we will come to know God in ways we could never imagine.

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  1. Child of God Mar 26, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Hi Greg,
    I am sorry for your loss and the trouble that has come your way. I will be praying for Father to minister to your heart in the way that He knows best. I am encouraged to see that you are still giving our Father thanks!!

    God is good always! Father is always worthy to be worshiped and praised because He alone is good. He is God, there is no other like Him and just because of that He is worthy to always be praised. πŸ™‚

    I love how you said, “I am discovering that giving thanks to God in all circumstances creates security and hope, it keeps my heart healthy and un-offended.” I too am discovering this. When things are falling down around me and people I dearly love are leaving this earth, I find when I praise and worship God He will come in, lift me up and comfort my heart.

    We truly do serve an awesome God. Thanks for sharing this good word.


    1. Greg Mar 26, 2013 at 10:46 am

      Hello, Child of God. Great to hear from you. Glad you too are staying the course, keeping your heart alive with thanksgiving in worship. I am discovering just how powerful thanksgiving is. Thanksgiving is not just a “nice” soft word, it’s transforming and revolutionary. Thanks again for sharing.

  2. Cindy Mar 26, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Good word & insight! Thanks PG!

    1. Greg Mar 26, 2013 at 10:42 am

      Thanks Cindy. Glad you enjoyed it.

  3. charis Apr 4, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    thanks greg for another encouraging blog post. i agree that there is always something to be thankful for, regardless of what we are going through. often just the determination to remain thankful and purposefully praise Him in the middle of such hard times opens our eyes to the fact that He is there with us in the midst of the pain.

    1. Greg Apr 4, 2013 at 1:09 pm

      Charis, for sure. I thank God that He is there when tragedy strikes, questions are left unanswered and the sting of a loss is felt. We are praying for you guys and know that you all will be OK. πŸ˜‰

  4. Rhoda Apr 15, 2013 at 3:47 am

    Thank you Greg for a very insightful blog. Having a grateful heart and thanking the Lord no matter what the circumstance may be, gives us joy at all times. I am blessed by your posts. God bless!

    1. Greg Apr 15, 2013 at 9:34 am

      Hello Rhoda. Great to hear from you and thank you for your inspiring words. Encouragement is always welcomed here. πŸ™‚

  5. Stan Jul 12, 2013 at 8:55 pm


    Your blog is a tremendous blessing. I encourage you to continue to let God use you. I must admit that I am enjoying everything you write because it is God focused. Giving thanks to God in all things is to key to getting through all things.

    Blessings to you and your ministry.


    1. Greg Jul 12, 2013 at 10:39 pm

      Hello Stan. Thank you so much for your kind words they are fuel for me. By Gods grace, I’ll keep writing. Thanks Again!

  6. Gregory Rapp Nov 22, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Thank you. This was quite helpful.

    1. Greg Simas Nov 23, 2014 at 10:27 pm

      Hi Greg. Glad this was helpful.

  7. Moore Dec 10, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Wonderful, but Ephesians 5:20 we are asked to give thanks to God FOR all thing.
    God is in all our situation, it’s well

    1. Greg Simas Dec 11, 2014 at 4:09 pm

      Hi Moore. I agree here. I can’t thank God for the baby that is aborted but I can thank him that he can somehow be working in the midst of it if I just partner with him in prayer.

  8. Amanda Nov 25, 2017 at 7:47 am

    Thank you so much for sharing what was revealed to you. I feel so silly because like you said, the truth was right in front of me and I did not see it. I have struggled so much with this very topic for so long and now, I get it so clearly. I have a happiness and peace now from what you have shared. Thank you and God bless you and yours.

    1. Greg Simas Dec 3, 2017 at 7:10 am

      Thank you, Amanda. Continued blessings to you.

  9. Millie Simi Feb 15, 2018 at 3:18 am

    Am amazed at how I am seeing this now, yet it was authored in 2013. Indeed the word of God is alive and active and sharper than a double edged sword, it penetrates the soul and spirit, bone and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
    Going through a rocky period at my work place, oppression, alienation, undermining but I am glad that I have read this piece today. I choose to give thanks IN ALL THESE as it is the Will of God for me through Christ Jesus. God bless you and may He continue using you, the vessel that you are and may He bless you more and more.

    1. Greg Simas Feb 16, 2018 at 6:06 am

      Thanks for the kind words, Millie. Just got done praying for you. Continue to give thanks IN all that is happening around you. Let’s see what God does in you and through you. Blessings.

  10. Richard Poteat Nov 12, 2018 at 10:11 am

    Greg, The bible does tell us to be thankful “FOR” all things (Ephesians 5:19-20). I’m struggling with that.

    1. Greg Simas Nov 12, 2018 at 11:57 am

      Hi Richard. Good question. I think we all initially struggle with this. Here is my brief explanation. Hope this helps you.

      We should never thank Jesus for what He died for; namely sin, evil and the fruit of the fall such as natural disasters. God is not the author of evil but evil does fit into “all things”. Since Paul is writing to believers, we need to realize that He can work out for our good even the emotionally hardest tragedies in our lives and in the world. So, while we may not thank God for evil deeds such as sickness, death, and natural disasters, which are the result of the fall, we can thank Him that He is so powerful and redeeming that He can even take the worst situation and bring life to it. So I can thank God FOR all things (in the context stated above) because IN all things God can be found. This is nothing less than a miracle of His grace and power.

  11. Tjadiwa Ncube Oct 7, 2020 at 4:15 am

    I’m blessed πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ

  12. Emmanuel Phiri Dec 16, 2020 at 1:49 am

    Am grateful ,this was helpful


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