Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thess. 5:18
We’ve adopted a new routine in our adult Sunday School class. Each week before we begin the lesson, we try to answer this question: Where have you seen God at work this week? Most of the time, we see God at work in the good things that happen to us — someone recovers from illness; we enjoy a beautiful day; a friend encourages us; and so on. Today I’m reminding myself that God is at work in our difficulties also.
Our lesson last week was the story of Joseph. Things just seemed to get worse and worse for him. He’s sold into slavery, accused of rape, cast into prison. It would be easy to feel that God had forgotten him. Yet this was far from the truth! God was at work. He had a plan to bring good out of all the bad. We all know that in the end, Joseph is becomes a respected advisor to the Pharoah, and is able to save his family and others from famine because of his God-given ability to interpret dreams.
The verse above tells us that, as saints, we should give thanks in all circumstances. God has a plan, and He’s working things out in ways that will ultimately benefit us and others. We just have to trust Him. I admit this is hard for me. I’m sure it’s hard for you as well. Keep this verse in your heart today as you give thanks. Thank God for the good things, and also for the bad things He will use to bless you and others in His good time.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
Have a blessed Thanksgiving. God loves you and so do I!