“Give thanks in all circumstances,
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” ( 1 Thessalonians 5:18 )
There was a time in my life when I was angry at God. I did all the things that I thought would please Him, meticulously read my Bible, regularly attended church services and was very “busy” doing all the things that I considered enough for me to be called religious. Then all of a sudden, trials came one after another, and I was tested almost to the limit that I couldn’t even pray. The only word I could utter in my aloneness was, “Why?"
The Bible says that when we can not pray, the Holy Spirit will intercede for us . Praise God that He loves me so much, He gave me wisdom on my darkest hour. I called a good Christian friend of mine and asked for advice. I was expecting she would tell me something like , “Be strong!” Or like the friends of Job, I thought she would blame me for my problems. But instead she gave me a very wise suggestion that I wanted to share with you all, in case you face a problem that you think is big enough to question God.
My friend told me to “Keep praising God! Turn on your radio and listen to Christian music, sing hymnals, keep praising God!” I was shocked. I was thinking, “Is she out of her mind? How can I praise God when I couldn’t even pray? It’s easy for her to say.” Then it hit me. In 1 Thessalonians 5:18 it says to thank God in all circumstances. It didn’t say “for all circumstances” but “in all circumstances.” If it’s God’s will, if it’s part of His great plan for me to face a mountain and a Goliath, then He must have a reason. He must be working on something wonderful. I believe that baptism by fire is helping me become the person He wanted me to be. His timing is always perfect.
Now, every time I face a problem, I go back to that verse, and it helps me realize that God is in control and I am nothing without Him. In this world, we will always have trouble, but we can thank God because He is our Heavenly Father who loves us and like many of us who are parents, we only want the best for our children. If He takes care of the sparrow, He will take care of us and our loved ones. For we are far more worth than the birds in the air.
Instead of asking God “Why?” why not say “Thanks?”
Gloria...what a message you have shared here! When we praise God in all circumstances, we are telling Him that we trust Him completely and know that He has our best interests in mind - more than anyone here on Earth can. We know that His purpose will be revealed as He puts the pieces together as the Master Architect for our lives here on Earth. WE PRAISE HIM AS OUR CREATOR, OUR PHYSICIAN, OUR COUNSELOR and OUR BELOVED FATHER. And we THANK HIM FOR HIS PRECIOUS SON, JESUS CHRIST! Thank you, Gloria. Love, SiS Peggy