1 Thessalonians 5:18 In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Last night I had the most incredible revelation from God: No matter the situation, there’s always something to be thankful for. Think of the most negative, hurtful, terrible situation that has ever happened to you or someone you know or think of someone who really, really gets you on your wrong side (we all know somebody). Ponder on any of the two and I’m certain you’re going to find at least one ounce of goodness in that situation or person that you can be thankful for.
Most nights I have a list of people or situations that God would have placed in my heart during the day, that I pray for. Last night as I was about to pray for the persons on my list God told me to thank him for specific things in each person or individual.
At first I was reluctant, because I knew these people were going through some tough situations and I wanted to present those situations before the throne of grace. Past experiences however, has thought me not to argue with God, so I obeyed His command and began to thank Him for each person; not asking for anything at all.
While praying persons and situations that weren’t on my list began to come to mind and I thanked God for specific things in them as well. Soon enough, persons and situations that I didn’t like or wasn’t pleased about started to come to mind and I realized I had things to thank God for where those things were concerned as well.
When I rose from praying God said to me, “there is good in everything and everyone, it’s up to you to focus on the good and be thankful for it”.
This morning as I climbed off my bed Hitler came to mind. What could I thank God for where Adolf Hitler was concerned? The man who attempted to destroy an entire race of people because their physical features did not please him. It took a little while before I found something and then I thanked God that Hitler was only up set with one race of people.
I realize now that sometimes we get so caught up looking at the negatives and the trials, and frustrations of life that we neglect to truly thank God for the ounce of good that dwells in bad situations. I’ve decided to dedicate this month to giving thanks rather than complaining. I am going to activate my faith and stand on God’s promise that ALL things will work together for my good because I love Him and I’m going to find peace in knowing that whatever is taking place in my life is His will for me.
What do you say, are you up for such a challenge?