Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Prayer – Always Give Thanks For Everything

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

4th March 2012

We know that the Scripture says,

‘Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows’. (James 1:17)

We can praise God and thank Him for all these wonderful gifts.

But, what about the bad things that happen in our lives?

Can we thank God and give Him praise for them?

Paul tells us in Ephesians 5:20,

‘always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ’.

But the question that comes to mind is can we really give thanks to God for everything?

How can you thank God for cancer, or for redundancy, or for divorce?

How can you even pray in any sort of positive mood when a tragedy takes place in your home or family life?

There are no simple, glib answers to those questions and I wouldn’t pretend to give any.

But while we can believe that God does not lead us into these difficulties, we can be assured that He will not desert us in them.

Some Scriptures that have encouraged me during times of trial are:

‘…surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)
‘being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus’. (Philippians 1:6)

I have faith to believe that good is coming out of whatever situation I face, and for that reason I can give Him thanks and praise.

‘And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them’. (Romans 8:28 New Living Translation)

Did you notice the word ‘everything’?

The ‘everything’ we are always to give thanks for is the same ‘everything’ God causes to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

Knowing this should encourage us to pray positively and give thanks to God.

We may not be able to thank God for the evil that has affected our lives, but we can thank Him for the good that He is going to bring out of the evil.

He is able to redeem every evil situation and bring from it something that leads to His glory.

God is committed to bringing good out of all that occurs and because of that it is possible to thank Him for everything that happens to us.

Have a good week thanking God for His presence and for His ability to turn every situation into something good.

Pastor Barry

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