This week we are looking at becoming more grateful. What do you feel like your natural tendency is? Do you tend to look around and see the good, or do you look around and see the negative? Are you prone to thank God no matter your circumstances, or do you question where He is when His nearness isn’t as evident to you?
Ephesians 5:20 says this, “And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Do you find yourself giving thanks to God for everything? Part of becoming more grateful is acknowledging the good that is around us and thanking God for it; however, when we are in seasons of trial and discomfort, we are still called to offer praises of thanksgiving to our God.
Giving thanks to God in seasons of goodness is typically a lot more natural for us than praising Him in the midst of stormy seasons. I don’t know about you, but for me (Gracie), when trials arise, I am quick to ask God where He is and why He isn’t fixing what’s going on. I automatically assume the distance I feel from Him is on His end, not mine. Here’s the hard truth: If I’m feeling distant from God, it’s because of me, not Him. He is always present, always near, and always working and moving on my behalf. Sometimes we go through trials and challenging circumstances because there are things we learn in the valley that we can’t learn on the mountain top. He’s reminding us to rely on Him, thank Him, and become more grateful for everything – no matter the state of our circumstances.
For what are you grateful today?
Author: Gracie Martin