Give Thanks In Difficult Times

It is easy for some to give thanks to God when things are going well-- if they even think of God. When someone surrenders to God through Christ they eventually learn that thanks to God is to be given at all times. One receives blessing when they do so, and the Holy Scriptures show it is certainly possible to follow through.
Give Thanks In Difficult Times
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While many people do not mind asking God for help in difficult times, it is completely against our natural human nature to give thanks to Him while we weather the storms of life. Some even have a tendency to blame God.

As we read the Holy Bible, we find in various places that God tells us to give thanks in tribulation. We also find that many people, with the help of God did exactly that. One such case was the Apostle Paul who had been  sent to Rome as a prisoner. Back then, the swiftest way was by ship.

In Acts 27

we read that in the earlier part of the journey, he and other prisoners were in the Lycian city of Myra. While there, the centurion in charge found a vessel that was to sail to Italy and made arrangements for the prisoners to be on board. However, Paul felt led of God to tell them it was not a good time to sail. His warning went unheeded.

Sure enough, they soon found themselves in a powerful storm. It got so bad that neither the sun or stars were seen for many days. Impending doom gripped the more than 250 people on board as the vessel was violently tossed about in the wind and waves.

However, Paul was in touch with God, who spoke to him through an angel after about fourteen days and told him he and the rest of the people on the ship would be saved.

With stormy weather still tossing the ship, “Until the day was about to dawn, Paul was encouraging them all to take some food, saying, ‘Today is the fourteenth day that you have been constantly watching and going without eating, having taken nothing. Therefore I encourage you to take some food, for this is for your preservation, for not


a hair from the head of any of you will perish.' Having said this, he took bread and gave thanks to God in the presence of all, and he broke it and began to eat."
(Acts 27:33-35)

If you read the account, you will see that the storm was not over, but Paul still found the faith to thank God for a meal and partake thereof. The foundational reason for this is that Paul had made a total commitment to the Christ he at one time had vehemently persecuted, and God in His loving mercy redeemed Paul from his sin and sin nature.

The account of the shipwreck in Acts 27 potently illustrates that we can weather the storms of life by having Christ in our vessel, and by giving thanks to Him. If you have not already done so, take time now to make Christ the Captain of your life. And though it is very difficult to do in troubled times, offer unto God the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving.

Notes:

Unless otherwise noted all Holy Scripture is from the New American Standard Bible changing LORD to YHVH as it rightly should be when the text so indicates. * = For other versions the spelling of some words is updated for our time in addition to changing LORD to YHVH as it rightly should be when the text so indicates.

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Article Written By BrotherPete

I am a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, having served over forty years as a pastor. I graduated from Northeast Bible College of Green Lane Pennsylvania and have a Bachelors Degree in Bible. I am enthused about the Word of God and how it can make a positive change in the life of anyone once it is teamed up with faith and the Holy Spirit. I am happily married. Visit www.sapphirestreams.com.

Posted on 22-11-2016 93 1

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  • nbillett  28-12-2016
    We should not blindly believe those who pretend to be inspired, such as politicians, theorists, business people and all who promise to make us happy. We must be genuine. And so it is with our thanksgiving to God. It must come form our hearts.
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