Sometimes when things happen, they truly knock the wind out of you. I was there a few Sundays ago and so were my kids. I tried to answer all their questions, while still having my own. The Lord knows the darkness of the human nature--we all have it. That is why He had to die for us. Yet, how wonderful He is with His words at just the right time. I Thessalonians 5:18 tells us, IN everything to give thanks. It does not say FOR everything give thanks. I believe God wants us to always remember to be thankful to Him, even in hard times. I believe that this verse tells us that we are to be grateful to God, even through trials and difficult situations. I do not believe that He is telling us that we must be happy about the trials, or enjoy the problems. But we always have so much to be thankful to God for.
There are heartaches and burdens that sometimes we cannot even begin to understand - death, abandonment, chronic illness, betrayal, slander. There are also the more general burdens of financial hardship, temporary illness, relationship struggles, and the daily stresses of life. But through every rough situation, God is still God, and He is still worthy of our gratitude. Dwell on the goodness of the Lord. He has been so kind to each of us. Can we ever thank Him enough for saving us from Hell and giving us Heaven instead?
Someday we will be able to look back at our hard times and see how God worked them for good in our lives. Then we will be able to thank Him for everything. Until then, even through the storms, we should remember to thank Him IN EVERYTHING.This will help us have the right Christian attitude.
Someday, I know I will write a book--for the ministry is full of so many things that people will think, "no way that happened", but yet it did. So until that book comes out remember to pray for those you love or just happen to meet--for today could be their day of testing.
*sources used from Me, KJBible and wonderful friends at Christian Womanhood.