Posted by: Barbara Wilbur for ElysJoy Church | November 25, 2011

What are we thankful for?

During your thanksgiving meal give thanks for problems tooThanksgiving is a time of basted turkeys, sweet potatoes, family get togethers and maybe a little football.  We often say a blessing before the meal, give thanks for our family, a good job and the kids that drove us crazy on the way to dinner.  Today is the day we take a breath before Christmas shopping begins and the holiday season kicks off in full force.

But do we give thanks for the trials we faced this year?  Do we bow our heads and thank God for the lost job, the addiction our nephew battles or the credit card bill that we haven’t paid and is late every month?

1 Thessalonians 5:18 says “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  Paul a man that endured prison, beatings, adversity of all kinds writes: “In ALL circumstances give thanks”.

We can’t build strength without our challenge.  We build spiritual and emotional muscle as we overcome life’s problems and reach for the hand of Jesus to help us through.  Adversity builds character like a consistent workout builds muscle.  We must give thanks for trials even when they are painful, even when they are hard, and even when it feels like we may not make it through.

Remember, God is faithful always, even when it doesn’t feel like it.

“He sent His word and healed them; He rescued them from the pit.  Let them give thanks to the Lord for His faithful love and His wonderful works for all humanity.”  Psalm 107:20-21

Give thanks today for all circumstances and remember Jesus is waiting to pull you from the Pit and heal you with his Word.  Happy Thanksgiving!

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