Monday, November 19, 2018

Gratefulness in a Dry Spell…

The Apostle Paul provides us many opportunities to learn some great lessons from his life.  He was a persecutor of Christians until He had a blinding salvation experience and became a life on fire for God.  One of the most memorable passages about Paul is the passage where he speaks of having a thorn in the flesh – something we can all relate to.  We all have things in our lives that can defeat us if we let them. And trials are a pretty regular part of life.  That is why it is important for us to learn to give thanks, regardless of our situations in life.  Even in the hardest of times, if we can focus on what there is to be thankful for, and take the focus off our pain, it helps.  Also, a sacrifice of praise is sweet to our Heavenly Father’s ears. 
Paul found reason to be thankful while in dire need. Paul learned to be content in his situation because he was grateful for God's strength that would enable him to do whatever God wanted him to do in every circumstance. God's wisdom strengthened and encouraged Paul.  
Spiritual insight allows us to see the good and bad in our lives with the realization that God blends them together for our good. As James wrote to troubled Christians, he reminded them that every good and perfect gift came from God(James 1:2-4, 17). However, I believe that their good and perfect gifts from God were spiritual rather than physical. Trials have a way of stripping away the superficial and making it easy to see the really important things in life. We must realize how all things—good and bad--fit together to make life what God intends for it to be. It is then that we discover gratitude that leads to contentment.
As you head into Thanksgiving this week, maybe you are in a dry spell.  Maybe you are sick, or have marriage/family problems, or financial issues. Try to focus on God and all He has done for you.  Pray about your situation and thank Him for the work He is doing even if you don’t feel like He is doing anything.  Trust Him, give it to Him and live expectantly, waiting on Him to blend everything together for His perfect goodness.  Pray for eye to be opened so you can see there is much to be thankful for.  

Scripture to Claim:
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.  And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4

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