by Nan Jones @NanJonesAuthor
Give thanks in all things … all things.
Seems counter-intuitive, doesn’t it? I’m learning this truth speaks of surrender — a recognition of the Lordship of Christ, the Sovereignty of God.
And that’s a beautiful thing.
I’ve been living a season of desperate heartbreak, facing an unknown future. There are no fluid finances to depend on. Health issues prevent full-time employment. Anger knocks at my door … relentlessly.
And yet, I’ve found peace. How is this possible?
A thankful heart.
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I learned a truth years ago: “When you can’t praise God for your circumstances, you can always praise Him for who He is. And praise will set the captive free.” I don’t know who spoke this originally, but it has become a mile-marker in my faith journey — a sure place to hang my hat.
Who is this God I love? He is Jehovah-jireh, my Provider. He is Jehovah-rapha, my Healer. He is Jehovah-shalom, my Peace.
And my favorite? He is El Roi — the God who sees me and knows all about it.
I cling to this. I cherish the reality that the God who promised to never leave me nor forsake me knows my heart, my struggles, my pain. He promises to hide me beneath the shadow of His wing until these calamities pass me by.
That promise is for you, too.
In a fallen world bad things happen to good people. Suffering occurs. Heartbreak happens. But God does not turn a blind eye. He sustains His child in the difficult season. He is a magnificent God who pursues us with His love.
Are you hurting? Struggling to overcome a devastating event in your life? I encourage you to give thanks — not for the pain, but for the One who bore your pain. Give thanks for His faithfulness, His mercy, and His love.
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We are not alone in our difficulties, for the God of Angel Armies is with us always.
For that, I am thankful.