Have you experienced waking up with a heavy heart, knowing that you’re still facing the same problem you had yesterday?
Honestly, In those questions, my answer is a resounding YES!
When things are going well, it’s human nature to say, “God is good!” “Thank you, Lord!” Or “God is faithful!”
But when things are NOT really good, or have turned from “bad” to “worst”, it is usually hard to express the same things we normally express during the “good times”.
I’m reminded of 1 Thessalonians 5:18, a passage written by the Apostle Paul, which says, “ give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Paul says, “In everything, give thanks.”
In other words, we DON’T give thanks FOR everything. But we give thanks IN everything, because by doing so, we are acknowledging that God is in full control of our situation.
Yes, you may not like the situation you are into today. You may not like the circumstance you are facing as the year ends, but in that current situation you are facing, you can be certain that God is there, READY and WILLING to help you, encourage you and give you the strength to continue because His whole purpose for these trials is to develop character.
James, the brother of Jesus, who wrote the Book of James in the New Testament, said it aptly- “2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
In the last few days of 2014, slow down, take the time to reflect…look back, start counting your blessings and GIVE THANKS to God in everything.
Blessed New Year!