In all things, give thanks for this is the will of God for you.
This scripture has been misinterpreted to mean that everything that happens to us, good or bad is God’s will. This is wrong.
it is not God’s will that our bodies get afflicted, that we lose loved untimely(except those He calls) or experience sorrow.
When the leprous man told Jesus, You have the power to make me well, if you will, Jesus responded, I will.
In another verse John prayed, I willeth above all things that you prosper, be in health even as your soul prospers. This is God’s will for us.
It is interesting how our idea of God has been so distorted that we can easily believe He delights in punishing us for our sins or randomly afflicting us rather than wanting us to be well.
A major part of this understanding of God was carried from the old testament. Though God is the same old/new testament, the Israelites got treated that way because of the hardness of their heart.
If we want to know God and what He wants for us, look at Jesus and all He did while on earth. Jesus went about doing good, healing the sick, raising the dead, comforting the brokenhearted not afflicting people.
I lost my friend last week and I know it is not the will of God. Maybe people say it is God’s will to cope better with the situation but this isn’t God’s will. That he will die young. But regardless, I guess be thanks to God because this is what keeps me going.
We are asked to be thankful because we are hopeful that amid our adversities, something good will come out of it for us. God’s goodwill towards us is the succour that holds us together when we pass through the fire of life.
Many of the things we pass through is a consequence of the fallen world we live in, the wicked heart of men, and the mortality of the flesh.
Not God. God is not a wicked God that will cause fracas in your marriage, kill your loved one, or make you lose all you have to prove anything but He sure will use the situation to benefit you and bring glory to Himself.
Hopeful people are thankful. So in all things give thanks to because this is the will of God concerning you. That you remain joyful and hopeful for a better tomorrow.