Sharing today from Precept Ministries.
What are you grateful for? I realize most of us have the same basic answers. We are grateful for Jesus, salvation, family, spouses, and children. If we are really honest a few of us will say we are thankful for coffee, warm beds, comfortable chairs, and chocolate.
But, in this day and time perhaps the question should not be “What are you grateful for?”, but “How in the world can you be grateful?” With so much change, so much uncertainty, and the whole world being turned upside down how can you be truly grateful for anything?
In our world worry, fear, stress, and anxiety seem more natural than thanksgiving. But, worry and fear are the cancer that destroys thankfulness, and at the same time thanksgiving is the cure for worry and fear. What do we do? Where do we find an anchor to hold us so we can look trouble in the eye and still give thanks?
The short answer is Romans 8: 28-39. The longer answer is the whole counsel of the Word of God.
The fundamental truth behind the ability to give thanks in all circumstances is this –
God causes all things to work together for good for those who love Him. – Romans 8:28
The simplicity of the statement is a little unnerving.
God causes ALL things…..
All means all. Whatever circumstances you face, God is at work causing those circumstances to work together for your good.
What are you facing? Cancer? Death of a loved one? Financial struggles? Job loss? A child walking in sin before God? Rejection from the one you love? You can trust the Father because all of these things are covered under that little word “all”.
God causes all things to work together for our good.
Did you notice that “things” is plural? All things – each individual thing – are working together for good. The stress and troubles of life are all working in concert together under the direction of the Master Conductor for our good. God is orchestrating the events of life so that they work together for our good.
This happens in such the grand scale of life and it is not necessarily seen in the moment by moment or day to day events. We all know that days, weeks, months, and years can be painful and heart breaking. But, even when I can’t see how God is working I can trust that He is working, and that He is causing all of my pain and suffering to work out for my ultimate good.
It is important to point out here that Paul did not say all things are good. Clearly not everything that happens to us is good. But God is at work
And in this, we can give thanks regardless of what we face.