During Thanksgiving, it is tradition to go around the table and say something we’re thankful for. Common responses include family, friends, a job, a school, a degree, passing exams, and a time to relax with the people you love.
All great responses, but did you notice that they all have something in common? Something positive perhaps?
It’s great to be thankful for the good things, but what about the bad? Whenever we go through hard times or trials, do we thank God for them? Do we recognize the fact that He is still in control and that everything works together for the common good?
“In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
– 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Who we are today is a result of events in our lives. I’m sure you’ll agree that even though trials seemed tough at the time, they make us stronger now that we’ve gone through them and succeeded. And the same goes with all trials, even those you are experiencing right now. Remember that there is no great loss without some small gain.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything… Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”
– James 1:2-4, 12
Trials are made to strengthen us and test our faith. Will we respond with the joy and thankfulness the way the Lord wants us to? God is in control, and as long as we properly respond to our trials, we will reap the maximum benefits He wants us to receive.
And that alone will truly be something to be thankful for. =)