When you give thanks to God for what He has and will do for you, you will experience joy no matter what your circumstances are.
Not only that, but it opens the door for God to come in and help you fix your problems.
"Oh, c'mon!" you might say. "What about this problem, that problem, and the other problem? I need to deal with those!"
Of course you need to deal with them, but you also need to quit talking about them so much and focus more on the Word, and what the Word says about your situation!
If you think about it, it's just plain smart.
Jesus gave us an example of this principle in John 6 when He fed the 5,000. Don't complain to these people about how hard it is to get enough food for four of five when they had greater numbers looking them in the eyes expecting FOOD!
However, if you look at the eleventh verse, we can easily see that Jesus was no focused on the problem, because He knew that His Father would not let Him down. Also note that He gave thanks before the big meal took place-now THAT was an act of faith in itself.
But He WAS NOT FOCUSED ON THE PROBLEM! HE WAS FOCUSED ON THE ANSWER!
Wouldn't life be alot more enjoyable if we would just cast our cares onto God and give Him thanks for taking care of us instead of worrying and bellyaching about them all the time?
Sure, Jesus said that we would have trouble, but bless God, He also said that He had OVERCOME THE WORLD! 1 Corinthians 15:57. "But THANKS be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!"
Giving thanks to God has got to become part of our lifestyle as Christians like 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says, "Give thanks in ALL circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
Hm. That pretty much says it all, doesn't it?
So my points are:
1. Don't focus on the problem. Focus on the answer. (Hebrews 12:2)
2. Give thanks to God no matter what your circumstance. He will see you through to victory, whether it be spiritual, physical, or financial. (2 Corinthians 2:14)
3. For the love of Pete, DON'T BE A COMPLAINER! The Israelites tried that and we all know how that turned out! :/ (1 Corinthians 10:10)
So as we move from Thanksgiving into Christmas, let's not forget the One who came to earth as a baby just to save us. Let's not get lost in the midst of the shopping, the presents, and the snow and focus on what Christmas is all about.
So go on and have a happy Christmas, you thankful thing, you!