‘In everything give thanks' (1 Thess. 5 v 18 )
By Rev Victor Neill
Perhaps because of the current crisis we may think there is not much to give thanks for! We are not asked to give thanks ‘for‘ everything – in other words we are not asked to give thanks for this dangerous virus that has spread throughout the world, but ‘in’ everything, even in this crisis there is good cause to give thanks to God.
So in this time of crisis, we can thank God first of all that we have an anchor for the soul, that will hold firm even in this time of crisis - 'which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast‘ - secure and firm (Heb 6 v 19). This ‘hope‘ – this 'certainty’, is found in the Lord Jesus Christ ‘which is Christ in you the hope of glory ‘ (Col 1 v 27). Are you able to thank God for this certain and enduring hope because you have trusted in Christ ? We can at this time of crisis thank God for the love and support of family and friends, neighbours and brothers and sisters in Christ.
We can also give thanks to God for all those who have put themselves as it were in ‘the front line' in order to deal with the Coronavirus and continue to pray for their protection. And no doubt as we reflect we will find there are many other things we can give thanks in and for, even in this time of crisis.
Let me finish with the words of a familiar hymn:
'We have an anchor that keeps the soul,
steadfast and sure while the billows roll,
fastened to the Rock that cannot move,
grounded firm and deep in the Saviour’s love‘