LEARNING TO BE THANKFUL
I must confess I have been mentally and verbally complaining about the “aging process” that is going on in my body. Nothing seems to work as well these days, the aches and pains, the inability to do some things or that it takes longer, or that I can’t do it properly, plus the typical “short term memory loss” that goes with aging etc. etc.etc.
I do affirm God is SOVEREIGN, He is not surprised that my body is “decaying” (to use a Bible term, but I still want to be effective and fruitful in the Kingdom of God, and definitely not be a burden to any one.
I have felt the Lord’s loving rebuke, as Paul expresses it in 1 Thess. 5:18.
NKJV in EVERYTHING give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
NLT Be thankful in ALL CIRCUMSTANCES, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
PASSION in the MIDST OF EVERYTHING be ALWAYS giving thanks, for this is God’s perfect plan for you in Christ Jesus.
MESSAGE Thank God NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.
Naturally speaking, this command is virtually impossible to fulfil, unless we have the revelation that God is in control, and that Rom.8:28 NKJV is true “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose”. We also need to know and believe like Paul expresses in Phil. 4:13 NKJV I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
I am also doing as the Word of God encourages us TO ASK GOD, not only for His grace, but would He touch my body too, as He is still is Jehovah Rapha (The Lord that heals).
I also ask you for your your prayer support, that I will be obedient to God’s Word and will in every aspect of my life amen.