Give thanks at ALL times

4. Duet 8.11.16I was reading Deuteronomy sometime back and a verse caught my eye. In chapter 8 verses 11 to 16 Moses instructs the Israelites to always remember The Lord their God and to keep his commandments, percepts and statutes so that when they begin to prosper, they shall never forget their God who delivered them from Egypt. Now most of us know the account of the Israelites’ journey from Egypt to Canaan. At the end of the verse 16, the words that caught my eye were, “…..that he might humble you and test you, to do you good in the end.” When you read it from verse 11 you understand that Moses is telling the people to remember how God brought them out of the land of Egypt, led them through the terrifying wilderness, provided them with water and fed them manna which their fathers did not know. All because he wanted to humble them and test them so that He may do good to them in the end.

We know that the Israelites were an ungrateful and whiny lot. They were idolatrous and tested the Lord and murmured against Him at every step even after seeing His miraculous works among them. So many times we have the similar mindset. A little difficulty comes our way and we become whiny and forget all the wonderful things The Lord has done for us. We stop singing praises and giving thanks to the Lord. I believe the trials in our lives are there to test us, to see whether we continue to follow His ways or turn away from Him, whether we trust in Him to deliver us or not. In 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Paul writes, “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” See how it says to give thanks in “all” circumstances and not “some” circumstances.

Nothing happens in our lives without a purpose. Every suffering, pain and trial has a reason. It is in those difficult times that God shows us our weak spots, areas in our lives where we are lacking and it gives Him an opportunity to manifest His love and will in our lives. He desperately wants to bless us and in return requires us to remember Him always in all of our ways. He is more than willing to be our God but are we willing to be His people? So many places in the Old Testament The Lord declares “I am the Lord your God” and even today in all our circumstances he wants us to remember this. The Lord is our God! Hallelujah!

So if you’re going through some tough time today, remember that it’ll lead you to something good in the end. The Lord your God will help you overcome it. All you need to do in the mean time is praise Him and love Him and remember Him. James 4:8 says “Come near to God and he will come near to you.” So make a habit of praising God in the toughest of times and giving Him thanks in everything. And you will see His mighty hand upon your life.

God Bless You!

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