The LORD is good to everyone.
He showers compassion on all His creation.
For the LORD Most High is awesome.
He is the great King of all the earth.
Praise the Lord!
Give thanks to the Lord,
For He is good,
And His loyal love endures!
In everything give thanks.
For this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
~1 Thess. 5:1
If these words are true, and I believe they are, we can give thanks in all things. It may have been a tough year, maybe the hardest you’ve ever endured. The news declares much of the world is suffering. Personally, you may be suffering more than you ever imagined possible. It doesn’t make sense to you and you’re wondering how to give thanks in this.
God is still God.
And you are still His creation.
All the people of the earth are nothing compared to Him. He has the power to do as He pleases among the angels of heaven and with those who live on earth. No one can stop Him or challenge Him, saying, ‘What do you mean by doing these things?’ ~Daniel 4
He has the power to do as He pleases…and sometimes, what He pleases is not at all pleasurable to us.
However, if the words are true —
And again, I believe they are —
We. can. give. thanks.
When the pain is unimaginable…
When the loss is too great…
When the tears won’t stop…
How do we do it?
When all you owned was taken from you, you accepted it with joy. You knew you had better things waiting for you in eternity. Do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord, no matter what happens. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that He has promised. ~Hebrews 10
With our eyes fixed on Him…NOT on the circumstance:
Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how He did it. Because He never lost sight of where He was headed–that exhilarating finish in and with God–He could put up with anything along the way: cross, shame, whatever. And now He’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. ~Hebrews 12
With patient endurance.
Don’t throw away your confidence in the Lord.
Don’t lose sight of where you’re headed.
You can put up with anything along the way…just as your Savior did.
Know: better things await you in eternity.
With a grateful heart,
I can give thanks in all things,
Knowing this is God’s will for me,
In Christ Jesus…amen.