Just wondering aloud today… when is the last time you thanked God for a problem or trial in your life?
One of the very best things about working in a church is that you get to dive into the bible often, discussing the meaning of a verse and gaining insight for an issue, for instance. During a collaborative meeting yesterday, one of my Pastors wanted to examine Job 1. If it’s been a while since you’ve read it, take another look. If you’ve never read it, get ready to read one of the most thought provoking pages in the bible. It’s short and will leave a deep impact…especially if you put yourself in Job’s shoes.
In short, Job’s faith is so unfailing and so impenetrable that despite Satan stripping him of his wealth and his children, he drops to his knees and praises God.
I have difficulty thanking God when my morning coffee turns out too strong. Honestly, where is my thankful heart when a real situation or a trial barges into my life?…especially when those trials take up residence and refuse to pack up their bags and find the exit door.
Today, I’m actually dealing with a situation in my life that keeps rearing its ugly head. So instead of being defeated about it this morning and wondering why it shows up for repeat performances, I’m going to thank God for this particular thing and ask Him to show me how I can use it for good. Without His help, I’m going to remain emotionally entangled and choked.
So, again, just wondering aloud. Thanking Him for the good things that happen to us is a start…and just the tip of the iceberg. When we start thanking Him for the trials and tough stuff in our life, then we’re growing.
“We can rejoice when we run into problems … they help us learn to be patient. And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady.” Romans 5:3-4
Have a blessed, thankful day!