Its never easy to be thankful in tough times. It takes faith but also it comes with high faith levels and deeper understanding of God’s ways, patience that produces endurance & expectation from the Lord.
“Your attitude rather than your aptitude will determine your altitude” Zig Ziglar
We not only say thank you in good times, when we receive gifts or are well physically or even emotionally. In fact oftentimes than not we are ungrateful for such times. But this is when God requires our thanksgiving attitude. He is up to something* learn it perceive it, have knowledge of his working. Isa.43:19.
Job 2:10 NIV
He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman [a] woman. Shall we accept food from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God,which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
2-Knowing God and His Will
“Praise Him for the roses; thank Him for the thorns.”
A deeper relationship with the Lord makes us overcome the trials. Jonah, David, Moses, Peter, James & John Elijah had such deep conversational relationships with God.
Several examples in scripture teach us to be grateful, from their “bottom of the sea” we see an attitude of thanksgiving. God rewards that!. He is faithful to those who trust in Him.
Gen 50:20 NIV
The purposes of God have to be fulfilled, his will has to prevail. That’s the reason we are in the sea bed, in the belly some times.
20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
Here is a perfect example of God’s will. A man running from God’s will ends up at the sea bed, in the belly of a fish. He reconciles himself to God and offers a prayer of thanksgiving.
Those who worship hollow gods, god-frauds, walk away from their only true love. But I’m worshiping you, God, calling out in thanksgiving! And I’ll do what I promised I’d do! Salvation belongs to God!” 10 Then God spoke to the fish, and it vomited up Jonah on the seashore.
1 Peter.5:6; 10-11
We should recognize God is putting us in line with Himself, so many times we go astray and become proud then God allows for the difficult times to come to us. He also uses those times to shape our character so we can be reputable.
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.
Acts 16:16-34 NIV; 1Thes.5:16-18 NLT
Our thanksgiving and praise releases us from the yoke and bondage of the enemy but it will also release those around us, including our captors. The difficult times we face may symbolize jail or detention but there cometh a time or release, and our freedom is in our worship/ thanksgiving. This means that even in prison I should have an attitude of a victor- winner, then can i offer thanksgiving.
16Always be joyful. 17Never stop praying. 18Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
James 1:2;12-14, PS.100:4