In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
One of the most difficult challenges of the Christian walk is to maintain a genuinely grateful heart in the midst of travail. It can seem almost impossible to see any positive aspect, much less find reason to give thanks, when sickness, divorce, drug abuse, or any other trial has touched your life.
But we learn from 1 Thessalonians 5:18 that it is the will of God that we give thanks in everything. How are we supposed to be thankful when we ache? First we must remember that God is in control. He knows all and has power over all. He has allowed adversity in your life for a reason, and ultimately His promise says that the reason will be for your benefit (Romans 8:28).
Today’s reading begins with Psalm 92:1. Notice the next verse: It is good “to declare Thy lovingkindness in the morning, and Thy faithfulness by night” (verse 2 NABS). It is a biblical model to pray in the morning, gratefully seeking God’s guidance and protection for your day, and to pray at night, gratefully thanking Him for what He has done.
When He allows hardship in your and you thank Him for His purposes, though you lack complete understanding, you’re telling God that you trust His outcome. Then gratitude and attitude are inextricably interrwined.
Dear heavenly Father, give me an attitude. I trust You for the outcome in the midge