Living a Thankworthy Life: Finding Thankfulness Amidst Challenges
For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. (1 Peter 2:19).
The recent years have presented us with escalating challenges. We witness political turmoil, the rise of diseases, a growing sense of apathy among people, and soaring prices. In the face of these distressing realities, it's reassuring to recognize the beauty of the Lord. Even amidst these trials, His presence is unwavering, showering us with blessings, keeping us, and offering protection. Rather than succumbing to despair, this is a time for thanksgiving.
Beyond the global turmoil, many of us grapple with personal struggles—marital issues, wayward children, financial burdens, and more. These burdens can be overwhelming, but it's crucial to rise above our circumstances and maintain an attitude of thankfulness. How we respond to these challenges reflects on our relationship with God. Are we glorifying His name even in the midst of adversity?
I'll admit that there are times when I don't handle my tribulations in a way that honors God. There are moments when I feel justified in reacting to perceived wrongs. However, living in thanksgiving requires a shift in perspective. One verse that has challenged and comforted me is 1 Peter 2:19. Initially, it didn't sit well with me, likely because I was focused on my own sense of justice. But then I found solace in the words—it is thankworthy!
Indeed, it is commendable when we endure suffering for doing what is right, especially in the midst of trials and grief. Jesus Christ serves as our ultimate example—He suffered but did not respond in kind. As believers indwelled with Christ, we are empowered to follow His example and live a life worthy of thanks. Regardless of our circumstances, maintaining a spirit of thankfulness brings comfort from the God of Heaven.
So, let's be personal in our thanksgiving, acknowledging the struggles we face and finding strength in the example of Christ. In all circumstances, let's remember to be thankful, trusting that the God of Heaven will provide comfort and strength.
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Dear Merciful Father,
In my moments of suffering and sorrow, I acknowledge that my responses may not always align with your will. I humbly seek your strength to endure with patience and to bring glory to your holy name. Guide me in living a thankworthy life, honoring and glorifying you in all my words and actions. May everything, I do be for your glory!
In Christ Jesus name I pray .