A Challenge

Posted by Emma on November 23, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Filed under:Attitude,Christianity,Daily Thought

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. A day on which most Americans get together with family and friends and give thanks for the good things they have, while feasting on turkey and pumpkin pie. This is not a bad thing. Taking time to stop and think about what we are grateful for is a very good thing and can show us how much we have that we take for granted.

Giving thanks is always a good thing to do, especially when our thanks is directed to God. Countless times in the scriptures it says give thanks to the Lord. 1 Chronicles 16:34 is just one such example, “O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good; for His mercy endureth forever.” Another is 1 Chronicles 16:8 “Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon His name, make known His deeds among the people.” When we give thanks to God we show what He has done for us.

It is easy to give thanks for the good things in life. We do it all the time. But can you give thanks for the bad things in life? Is it possible to give thanks to God for a health problem that you or a love one has? How about the hurts that have taken place in your life? Or the loneliness you might feel? Can you truly thank God for taking away your dearest treasure or cherished dream? How about the empty areas of your life? What about the hurts your loved ones are going through? Can you thank God for the worst experience you had this year? The person who hurt you the most? The darkest time?

These are hard questions. A man who went through some very hard times responded to them saying, “Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” (Job 2:10) Good and evil will both come our way. The good is easy to look at as a gift from God, the evil not so much. But if we are a Christian we need to consider Romans 8:28, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.” All things. Not just what we perceive as good, also those things we think of as evil. If all things work together for good we should thank God for all things.

This is what Paul tells us to do in 1 Thes 5:18 “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” In every thing give thanks, not just somethings, not just the good things. In every thing give thanks. We should thank God for the bad as well as the good, for the hurts as well as the joys, for the dark times as well as the light times. God allows the bad things to happen to us for a reason. When we thank Him for those things we start seeing the good in them. we start seeing why they happened. We take the focus off ourselves and put it onto God.

Let me challenge you this Thanksgiving to thank God for the bad things in life, not just the good. It will be hard, but it is also rewarding.

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