I have noticed in my journey of life as a Christian that some have the attitude of thankfulness in the tough situation. And I have noticed some bad attitudes and “feel sorry for me” type attitudes in people during these times.
We all have battled feelings of confusion, anger, disillusionment, and a sadness that takes the life right out of us. And we certainly don’t find ourselves feeling very grateful.
Yet the bible is clear, even though it is difficult to hear. Paul says, “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in ALL circumstance, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Of coarse we usually give thanks in the good times. And God wants us to give thanks in these times in order to promote His glory and to develop humility in us. We call a child that takes without giving thanks, “spoiled’. And we certainly don’t want God to feel like we are acting as spoiled children. So we should give thanks. When we take the time to count our blessings, when we make it a point to focus on the wonderful things we have been given, we appreciate life more and we appreciate God more.
But, what about those hard, difficult and bad times? God still wants us to be thankful children. When we give thanks during these times it is an act of faith. When things are tough it takes faith to thank God for our circumstances. We must really at this point believe that God has a plan we do not see. We must really believe that His wisdom is beyond our own. Giving thanks in difficult times requires something more than superficial faith.
We can’t always understand what happens in life. If we depend on our senses, life will be a roller coaster. If we learn to depend on God, life will be steady. We can know peace even in the confusing times.
I am being honest. When tragic times hit, there doesn’t seem to be much for me to be thankful for. Am I giving thanks for the heartbreak, for the hurt, for the bottom dropping out, for the finances crumbling? Of coarse not! God is not asking us to say that the painful things are good. What He wants is for us to confess that He is good and His grace is sufficient for us!
1) We give thanks to God who is working beyond the circumstances for our benefit. He is Good!
2) We give thanks because we affirm, trust and even celebrate the character of God. He really does want the best for us. He Loves Us. He is Good!
3) We give thanks for a sure hope that He has plans for us. He is Good!
4) We give thanks for the Savior of our soul. We are heirs to Heaven. He is Good!
5) We give thanks for the strength to get through this circumstance. He will never leave us. He gives supernatural strength in times like these. He is Good!
You see, we are to give thanks in ALL circumstances, in ALL situations, during every season of our lives.
“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”