I'm writing this post here today to bring to surface a struggle I have had in the past (and, occasionally, continue to have).
. . . thankfulness, or, eucharisteo.
Now don't get me wrong, I find joy in even the simplest of things and tend to thank God daily for all the little blessings He bestows. But at times I must question myself, why am I only thanking Him for the blessings in my life? It is true. When something negative occurs in my life I often times forget to thank God for the trials and tragedies I have to go through in order to build my character. I often fail to realize that each bad experience is only making me stronger and a little more able to withstand the next trial that may come my way in the future.
In the Bible there are numerous
- Psalm 28 depicts David’s distress. It is a cry to God for mercy and protection. After crying out to God, he writes, “Blessed be the , because he hath heard the voice of my supplications. The is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.” In the midst of hardship, David remembers who God is, and as a
- Job had a similar attitude of praise, even in the face of death: “The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:21).
Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ."
We as children of God should be thankful people, realizing how much we have been blessed with.
We should be thankful because God is worthy of our thanksgiving. It is only right to credit Him for every gift He gives. When we are thankful, our focus moves off selfish desires and off the pain of current circumstances. Thankfulness is not only appropriate, but it is actually healthy and beneficial to us. It reminds us of the bigger
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ." (Ephesians 1:3)
Truly we have an abundant life, and gratefulness is fitting.
May we all make it a point to be more thankful . . . for the good and bad in life.