WEDNESDAY, MAY 6
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (ESV)
THE POWER OF GRATITUDE IS KNOWING GOD IS WORKING
A rich executive announced to his church one morning that he was going to give up all he owned so that he had to depend on his faith in God for everything he needed. He sold everything, gave it to the poor, and moved into a rented home down on the bad side of town. That first night, he prayed that God would furnish him with some food. The next morning, he went outside on the porch and there was no food.
That night, he again prayed for food. The next morning…nothing. The 3rd night, he prayed again, saying, “Lord, if you do not feed me, I will surely die of starvation.” The next morning…nothing. Then, in a near panic brought on by hunger, he fell to his knees and cried out, “Lord, I have put my faith in you on the line. Why are you ignoring me like this?”
In the quietness of that rented house, he heard the Lord tell him that his prayers had been answered, but he was not looking at the answer. The Lord told him to go back out on the porch, which he did. Then, the Lord told him to look up! A large sign on the building across the road, in bold letters, said, “WORKERS WANTED — LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED”
God wants us working and God is always working. We need to not only have faith that God will provide, but we need to remember that God is always working. In 1 Thessalonians 5:18 we learn that gratitude in all circumstances is part of God’s will for our lives. God’s will is God’s desires and plans for each of our lives. And God is always working to accomplish that plan.
No matter our circumstance, “we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.” (Romans 8:28) (NLT2) Whatever you may be going through, know that God is not sitting on His hands and doing nothing. You may not see Him, but He promises that He is at work in the big picture, accomplishing His will in your life.
Typically, big projects start with a planning phase and move through other phases before you get to see the finished product. God has completed a perfect planning phase in your life. We are currently in the execution phase which can be messy and look nothing like the finished product. Sometimes things must be torn down before you can build something beautiful. And other times things must be plowed up before you can plant something fruitful. You may be in the tearing down phase or a plowing phase but know God is working on something beautiful in you. What phase of God’s project do you feel like you are in currently?