Many years ago, Matthew Henry, a well-known Bible scholar, was robbed of his wallet. Knowing that the Scriptures teach us to give thanks in everything (I Thess. 5:18), he meditated on this incident and recorded in his diary the following:
“Let me be thankful, first, because he never robbed me before; second, because although he took my purse, he did not take my life; third, because although he took all I possessed, it was not much; and fourth, because it was I who was robbed, not I who robbed.”
There is power released in our lives when we give thanks in all things. We are not instructed to give thanks “for” all things, but to give thanks “in” all things. There is always something we can give thanks for. Giving thanks keeps our focus on the Lord, instead of on our problems and circumstances. Regardless of what we are facing today, let’s choose to obey the Scriptures and give thanks.