When It’s Difficult to Give Thanks

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Today’s passage:

“He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me; And to him who orders his way aright I shall show the salvation of God.” Psalm 50:23

Thoughts of being thankful abound this time of year.

If you are on Facebook, you’ve seen folks chronicling the things they are thankful for each day.

I was reading “Jesus Calling” this morning, and the topic was, not surprisingly, about thankfulness. 

I like what the author has to say when she states, “Thankfulness is not some sort of magic formula …”

She goes on to say that it is a mind-set.  

Yet, what happens when we find we have little to be thankful for?

Perhaps we’ve gotten bad news about our challenges.

Perhaps someone we love has died.

Perhaps we are trapped in a seemingly impossible situation.

All may seem lost … hopeless.

What then?

I fall back on my favorite Scripture, one I sorely needed reminding of today - and one of the verses in todays “Jesus Calling” devotional.

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no speak in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.  Habakkuk 3:17.

My pastor paraphrased this verse once many, many years ago, and I’ve not forgotten it.

“When you can’t praise me for what I allow, praise me for who I am.”

There have been many, many times in my life when I’ve not been able to find much reason to praise God.

Yet, the fact that He is my God and my Savior has never changed.  

It never will.

Therefore, I will always have reason to praise - reason to be thankful.

It’s not easy though.  

It’s not easy to look past our circumstances.  At least it isn’t for me.

And I need reminding.  Almost continual reminding.

I look over the posts of the past few weeks and realize that this is the course I am embarking on.

One where, in each and every situation, God is enough - more than enough - and I need to approach that truth with a thankful heart.

Are you able to find that thankful mindset?  How do you respond to the idea of giving thanks to God, when all around you seems bleak?  Is God becoming “enough” for you?

Today’s prayer:

Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness; you will be enriched in everything for all liberality, which through us is producing thanksgiving to God. 

2 Corinthians 9:10-11

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