“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!
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“Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel” ( Zechariah 4:10).
The public life of King David is well known. However, there is an early aspect of his life quite hidden though we can get glimpse of it. The first time we get to know David he is a stay home kid while his big brothers are on to bigger stuff, like fighting with King Saul. “Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem” ( I Samuel 27:13-14).
Left home alone perhaps it was a time for David to bond with the old man Jesse. Maybe he sometimes felt idle and ignored. But there was something maturing in his life for the life ahead. For in the meantime as he would later point to King Saul once an opportunity availed itself, God was ironing out his CV. When he offered to take on Goliath and Saul hesitated, he quickly shot back: “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (vv 35-37).
That’s the point. What had apparent been idle moments God was preparing David for the battles ahead? He would not only emerge out of the shadow as a great warrior but also a shepherd of his people ever relying on God.
Equally so, for all of us, there are moments that might appear idle and we feel frustrated as we see the days go by. Yet, in His gentle ways, God is preparing us for great days ahead.
Prayer today: Lord Father God, maker of heaven and earth, for those periods in life of apparent inactivity and maybe trials, help me appreciate them as the maturing me, for in due time and season all will bear fruit, this I pray in Jesus’ name!