In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
As we are getting closer to Thanksgiving, we look forward to the Thanksgiving meal and the giving of thanks that will be shared around the table. However, Thanksgiving shouldn't be the only time that we give thanks. God says in everything give thanks. It's hard to be thankful when we are going through hardships. Often we don't see anything to be grateful about during these times, but we can be grateful in the valleys as much as on the mountaintops because it is God who is always with us. He is there to guide and direct us, and He promises that He will never leave us, and for that, we ought to be thankful (Hebrews 13:5). Job had the right attitude when going through his valley and heard that he lost everything, including his family and livestock. He worshipped and blessed the Lord (Job 1:20-21). There is so much that we can be thankful for even when we are unaware. We can be grateful in the valleys because we have a God who knows the future and knows why we need to go through the valleys. Being thankful should be a daily occurrence because God is always good to us, and He deserves our gratitude.
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