We shouldn’t necessarily thank God for everything that happens to us, but in everything. Evil doesn’t come from God, so we shouldn’t thank Him for it. But when evil circumstances arise, we can still be thankful for God’s presence and for the good He can accomplish through these times.
As regular readers and anyone else who knows me well are already aware, I came to Christ through bad circumstances, following a breakdown lasting over a year. I lost the job I loved and it was one of the worst times of my life. I even contemplated suicide but the Lord brought me through it and out the other side, relatively sane! I looked for a church through sheer gratitude to Him and this led to my salvation, baptism and eleven years of Christian life, so far. At this church, I met my wonderful husband and I’ve never looked back. But I am absolutely sure that, without my mental illness and subsequent job loss, I would not have turned to the Lord. So, yes, I do indeed give thanks in all circumstances.
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom for ever and ever. Amen
Love, Ann ❤