Do you ever find yourself in stressful situations where you're not sure how the next bill is going to get paid? Do you ever ask yourself will I get over this sickness? Are there times when you wonder if someone you care about is ever going to find right relationship with Jesus Christ? Have you ever wondered if your life partner is ever going to find you where you are? In those times of uncertainty, do you ever just feel like giving up, throwing in the towel and walking away in utter despair? I've been down that path myself a few times and I've often wondered why do I continue to bother keep pressing forward?
Things have been a little stressful as of late with not knowing what God has in store for me. Being newly married, I am admittedly quite concerned about how I am going to help contribute to my family income and help provide for our future. I have faith that God can provide finances when I need them most, but I still like to know where the next cheque will come from. I'm like a lot of people in that I like seeing the big picture of how things all work out in the end.
Probably one of the most famous of David's Psalms is Psalm 23. As a child, I memorized for it for a group that I was a part of, called Crusaders. It goes like this:
There is something about this Psalm, that no matter what you are facing, it just brings peace to an unrestful situation. It causes you to stop and acknowledge that God is with you even "through the darkest valley"(Ps 23:4). You recognize just how good God is.
This brings me back to my conversation last night. The concept that put me back in my seat was being thankful. Paul in his closing remarks of his first letter to the Thessalonians states, "Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus"(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). Notice that it doesn't say, "in good times" or "when things are going your way" but it does say "Always"(5:16), "Never stop"(5:17) and "in all circumstances".
Am I always thankful? When I am desperately needing a job, am I thankful? When I am sick, am I thankful? If I remind myself of what God has given me, then I have lots to be thankful for. David says it best in Psalm sixteen verse two, "I said to the LORD, 'You are my Master! Every good thing I have comes from you'".
God is so good to us. Let's give him the gratitude that He deserves today regardless of the situation that you face. Choose joy. Keep praying. Give Him thanks and watch what He does in your life. He is faithful!