These were the perfect words to read at this very second in my life. Right now I’m going through the most unimaginably painful trial. But as my heart breaks inside me, I am also growing close to my LORD in a way that I never have before. While I am not yet able to say that I am thankful for the trial, I CAN sincerely say that I am grateful for the way He is changing me as He carries me through each new day of this, the most painful time in my life.
Thank you for sharing. 🙂
“Those who sacrifice thank offerings honor Me, and to the blameless I will show My salvation.” Psalm 50:23 (NIV)
“I am the true vine, and My Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in Me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” John 15:1-2 (NIV)
When we choose to thank and praise God, especially while enduring a difficult trial, we are offering up a true sacrifice of love to our Creator. This conscious effort of worship comes only through faith. Our thank offerings honor Him. In 1 Thessalonians 5:18 we are encouraged to, “Give thanks in ALL circumstances; for this is God’s will for (us/you) in Christ Jesus.”
So do we really need to thank Him for an illness or loss? No, not exactly. However, I do suggest that we thank God…
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