Thanks! Thanks for nothing.
How often do we find ourselves in a situation or circumstances that make us angry with God or doubting He really cares about us? We find our life out of control and we are worn out from the battle.
It’s always easy to praise God and be thankful when everything is going well. When we and all our loved ones are happy, healthy and prospering, we can be happy and at peace that God is in control. However, how quickly those songs of praise change to grumblings of doubts when illness strikes, someone loses a job or heartbreak finds us.
I am as guilty of this as anyone. I’m flying high on the wings of the Father only to come crashing down when things I have no control over enter my life. Many times I’ve caught myself not only NOT giving thanks in my circumstances but stepping back from my faith. I find myself feeling victimized. I worry that because I’m serving God, Satan has put me in his sites and is firing one burden after another in my direction. This feeling of helplessness is often quickly followed by feelings of unworthiness. I find myself entertaining thoughts that, of course, these things are happening because of all the sin in my past I am not worthy of God’s love and protection.
1 Peter 4:12-14 says,
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.
When we decide to follow Christ, we will be persecuted. Satan will try every thing he can to turn us from following God’s path. He will whisper lies of unworthiness in our ears. He will parade our past sins before us. He does not want us at peace. He does not want us to be happy in Christ. When we are happy in Christ we are building the Father’s kingdom and defeating Satan. He will attack.
God calls us to give thanks even through these times of persecution, despair and fear. We do not have to give thanks “for” them but should continue to give thanks “through” them. We are not alone. God is there walking beside us. We can put our faith in the promise of Romans 8:28, that says,
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
So, while we endure the trials of this life, it’s okay to hurt, cry, be afraid but we must also remember to praise and give thanks to God. When we keep our faith in Him and his promises the reward will overshadow the path we took to get there.
Take time today, to give praise and thanks to God today through all circumstances.