1 Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV)~ In every thing, give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
It does not make sense to give thanks in all things because good and bad things happen to every human. Yet, the Bible says "in all things" give thanks. The ways of God are mysterious, and only obedience helps us benefit from the deep mysteries of God.
When God tells us to do something, it is humility to accept what He says and do it. When we pick and choose when to give thanks, we are indirectly saying we know better than God.
Giving thanks in all things helps us see the good in bad times. It is one way we can encourage ourselves in the Lord (1 Samuel 30:6) and stir up hope.
In order to give thanks, one must shift one's mind to focus on positive things. It does not mean we are denying the reality of our challenges; it means we are intentional with our thought life (Philippians 4:8). In the field of psychology, focusing on the good and anticipating the best in every situation is known as positive thinking, and studies show that positive thinking has great benefits for physical and mental health. The God who created our mind knows the power of positive thinking. It is incredible that the Bible shows us that God has a wholeness plan for our spirit, mind, and body. Everything we need is in the Word of God!
In addition to physical and mental wellness, giving thanks brings us into a supernatural realm as we acknowledge God as the one responsible for the positive things. Psalm 100:4(KJV) says Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. I do not want to live outside His gates.
Thanksgiving gives us access to a supernatural realm where we see God's faithfulness and mercy even in difficult times. It has the power to change everything because when we see His faithfulness and mercy in difficult times, we become grateful and receive the strength to believe that God makes all things work together for the good of those who love Him.
Would you please take a moment and give thanks to God for the air you breathe.