Can you give thanks to God in the midst of turmoil? It’s difficult, isn’t it? During troubled times we often are busy making requests, not thanking Him for our situation. I believe it’s especially important to thank our Lord during our deepest struggles.
Everything we hear on the news screams turmoil. Strife, division, anger, hatred; all play a role in making life uncertain and fearful. Satan is having a great time watching our fear take control. He loves it when we forget to rely on our Lord.
Our thanksgiving is not dependent upon our circumstances. We can learn to give thanks even under the greatest provocations. Job is a perfect example to us! Remember how he lost his children, his wealth, and even his friends and his wife encouragement him to curse God. How glad I am he refused! We can say “blessed be the name of the Lord” as did Job after he learned of the destruction of his family and wealth.
“And Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, and said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.” Job 1:20-22
What would our reaction be? The smallest of inconveniences often tip us over the edge to irritation, frustration, and anger. We certainly are not thinking of giving thanks. Every one of us struggles with adjusting to our situation when it isn’t in accordance with our will. How much better it would be for us if we did.
It’s not easy to be thankful when our world is falling apart, and God has yet to answer our prayers. It’s not easy to be thankful when our pain is so great. With the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in our heart, we can overcome our feelings and position ourselves to be thankful.
The early pilgrims lost a good many of their number that first difficult winter. It was a miracle any survived. Despite their terrible losses, they chose to give thanks for their first harvest. God had provided the help they needed through the instruction of the American Indians. He had preserved a remnant of their group to continue in the new land.
Let us remember their situation was far from perfect. They were facing another terrible winter. Still they remembered to thank God. So can we. Let us make a practice of cultivating thankfulness by cultivating a thankful heart.
We have much to be thankful for. So let us count our blessings and acknowledge God’s providential care for us. Let us rejoice in His love and mercy and grace.
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