Giving Thanks Even When We’re Suffering

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Giving thanks when you’re suffering seems like an idea so far-fetched nobody could take it seriously, yet that is exactly what God asks us to do.

The apostle Paul, who knew more than his share of sorrow, counseled his young apprentice Timothy to do just that:

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

Paul understood the spiritual benefit of giving thanks when you’re hurting.  It takes your focus off yourself and puts it on God.  But how, in the middle of our pain, can we possibly give thanks?

Paul was well aware of what he could and couldn’t do.  He knew his missionary work was far beyond his natural strength, so he relied heavily on the power of the Holy Spirit within him.

It’s the same with us.  Only when we stop struggling and surrender to God can we allow the Holy Spirit to work in and through us.

When we become a conduit for the Spirit’s power, God helps us do impossible things, like give thanks even when we’re hurting.

Humanly speaking, you may not see anything you can be grateful for right now.  Your circumstances are miserable, and you’re desperately praying they will change.

God hears you.  In a very real sense, though, you are focusing on the bigness of your circumstances and not on the bigness of God.  God is all-powerful.

He may allow your situation to continue, but know this: God is in control, not your circumstances.

I tell you this not by theory but by my own painful past.  When I was unemployed for 18 months, it didn’t seem God was in control.  When important relationships fell apart, I couldn’t understand. When my mother died in 2005, I felt lost.

As you give yourself to God, he will help you through this hard time you are in now.  One of God’s goals for you is to make you totally dependent on him.  The more you depend on him and sense his support, the more you will want to give thanks.

If there’s one thing Satan hates, it’s when believers trust God.  Satan encourages us to trust our emotions instead.  He wants us to put our faith in fear, worry, depression, and doubt.

Jesus Christ encountered this many times in his own disciples.  He told them not to be afraid but to believe.  Negative emotions are so strong that they skew our judgment.  We forget it is God who is reliable, not our feelings.

That’s why, when you’re hurting, it’s wise to read the Bible.  You may not feel like it.  It may be the last thing you want to do, and it’s the last thing Satan wants you to do, but again, there’s an important reason to.  It brings your focus away from your emotions and back onto God.

There is power in God’s Word to fend off Satan’s attacks and power to remind you of God’s love for you.  When Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness, Jesus drove him off by quoting Scripture.  Our emotions can lie to us.  The Bible never does.

When you’re going through trouble, Satan wants you to blame God.  In the middle of Job’s worst trials, even his wife said to him, “Curse God and die.” (Job 2:9)  Later, Job showed extraordinary faith when he promised, “Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him;” (Job 13:15)

Your hope is in God in this life and the next.  Never forget that.

Doing What We Don’t Want to Do

Giving thanks when you’re hurting is another one of those tasks we don’t want to do, like dieting or going to the dentist, but it’s immensely more important because it brings you into God’s will for you.  Obeying God is not always easy, but it is always worthwhile.

We seldom grow more intimate with God during good times.  Pain has a way of drawing us close to him, making God so real we feel we can reach out and touch him.

You don’t have to give thanks for the thing afflicting you, but you can be grateful for God’s faithful presence.

When you approach it that way, you’ll find that thanking God when you’re hurting does make perfect sense.

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Written by The Praying Woman

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Thank you Lord for everything even if we had encountered so many problems but you always there for us,,,bless us always in jesus name amen.

Thank you Lord for everything in my life wether good or bad because everything have a reason for happening bt I know I’ll endup stronger in Jesus name Amen

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God and to those who are called according to God’s purpose. @Tummie Maleka , just to encourage you just begin to thank God coz of what you are going thru & laugh . Victory belongs to Jesus . Keep trusting God , that pain is just temporal very soon its going to disappear keep praising say it loud Victory belongs to Jesus.

Ooh my God…Jesus

Thank you..God bless you..its going to be okay I’m certain of that..

Lord things you.. its hurting and its not easy but hold me with your right hand…I know you are can’t contradict yourself.. what you said you shall do in our lives..you will surely do.Father you said we should ask and it shall be given to us..meetbour every needs..Give us new strength everyday.. to hold on you and wait on you..in the mighty name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savour Amen

Lord Jesus give me peace through all this suffering and help me to think positive Amen

it is often difficult to give thanks when all your friends and families ain’t there to support you.. Job 5:8-18 but if it were I, I would appeal to God; I would lay my cause before him. (9) He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted. (10) He bestows rain on the earth; he sends water upon the countryside. (11) the lowly he sets on high, and those who mourn are lifted to safety. (12) He thwarts the plans of the crafty, so that their hands achieve no success. (13) He catches the wise in their… Read more »

Incredible word! Thank you, sister in Jesus for that strong Prophetic word perfect timing!! God bless you abundantly?

Everyday my God is working he is my Rock and refuge love my God all the time Amen

All the time u yourself just got to have patience with yourself and god

God can undo all the pain?coz its too much already and i cant handle it anymore…

Just lost my mum today and have nowhere to turn to….work on my behalf lord!

My condolences to you. Be strong God is with you always. Talk to him and ask for guide you.

Bless your heart. My deepest condolences to you. Sending love and prayers. <3

Sorry for your loss. I had lost my dad some time back n my brother but I drew near to God for strength n comfort n he stood by my side n gave me love, peace n comfort and hope. He will get you thru it hun I promise.

Hold on to Jesus an never loose hope condolences to you an family

So sorry, may she rest in peace. God bless you.

My deepest condolences.. may the good Lord comfort you and guide you into the right path

Amen Hallelujah!! God is working on my problems and I can wait patiently.

#THEPRAYINGWOMAN HE SEEMS TO NEVER LET THE #SUFFERING END WHEN IS HE GOING TO KNOCK IT OFF !

After suffering we shall all rejoice in lords Name.God is faithful.

Jennifer Hiew you are right what you said God still working in my life with my JL’s life…

LORD thank you for your blessings. Let your will be done in my live forever more

All things are working together for my good even the bad AMEN

Thank you Lord you make ALL things work together for my good

Rosana Marez Martinez Chelsey Lebario Sena MsLisa Perez Isaac OMG! This is so powerful! Please read it! Love you ladies!

Amen

Amen !