“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever” ( Psalm 107:1)
Having a thankful heart might not come easy, especially in trying times. The reason why we are thankful is that it is not only therapeutic- for bitterness can clog us down- but also because there are also those situations, where in spite of being done poorly, the experience makes us better and stronger for days ahead.
Look at Joseph- he was left for dead by his brothers and sold as a slave, enduring jail, yet he did not let bitterness consume him. When he met his once captors, he pointed to them there was something good out of a negative situation. “But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance” (Genesis 45:7), he told his brothers who were worried he was going to hurt them for the injustice they had done to him.
The Bible has many uplifting instances of those who met devastating experience, but hurtful as it were, gave thanks to God. Job gives thanks after losing all his family and possessions, on no account of his fault, by saying, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.” ( Job 1:21).
Today, whatever might be the situation you are going through, give thanks to God. Difficult as it might seem the Psalmist is right: “Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises! For God is King of all the earth; sing profound praises to Him.….” ( Psalm 47: 6-7).
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today whatever maybe the situation I face, I rise to give you thanks, for you are good and your love endures, throughout generations, this I pray in Jesus' name!