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Thank God for trials and tribulations? (04/23/2006)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

If someone gave us a gift every day for one week, wouldn't we thank this person every day? We wouldn't just thank this person on the seventh day. Philippeans 4:19 Doesn't God bless us every day with many blessings? We could write a very lengthy list of things we could thank God for every day.

Now, are we to be thankful only for the good that God gives us? There are many things that can happen to us that are distressing and upsetting to us. Here are a few: 1) diseases, 2) illnesses, 3) unkindness, 4) loss of a job, 5) loss of a loved one, 6) loss of vision, hearing, speech, etc. We could have quite a lengthy list here also, but God has a good reason for everything - good or bad. Ephesians 5:20 I Peter 4:12-13

The elderly may say, "What do we have to be thankful for? We are lying here bedridden and crippled with arthritis! We have Parkinson's disease! We have Alzheimer's disease! We're all alone!" All of us could come up with several troubling things of the past or that are upon us, but are we thankful for these stressful times also? I Thessalonians 5:18

Would we change any of God's moments for our lives if we had the power to change them? We certainly would. Why? Because we wouldn't want to have to go through the difficult times God has programmed for us; even so, we can rejoice and not become jittery, knowing that God will see us through every trial and tribulation. Matthew 28:20b His reason(s) for our storms of life, whatever the outcome, are always for our benefit. In the end - God always being with us - we will be victorious and rejoiceful for having gone through such stormy times. God's way is perfect. He hasn't made any indisputable error. Psalm 34:19

Everyone can thank the Lord that our time on earth is temporary and very short. After our last breath is taken - having gone through the good and the bad - we can have the assurance of eternal life in heaven. II Corinthians 5:8 We will have new bodies also. I Corinthians 15:51-52 These bodies will never again experience the aches and pains of our earthly bodies. Praise the Lord! I Corinthians 15:54 After our last breath is taken all our troubles and woes will be over and we will be with our Lord and Savior for all of eternity. I Thessalonians 4:13-18

God has an inerrant blueprint for every moment of our lives. There are no mistakes in it. There is nothing which we will have to go through - good or bad - that God has not willed for us. Again, we may not appreciate or understand the "why?" of these weary and burdensome times that are to come upon us, but God's intentions are always for our good. Some of us will have to go through many adverse, unpleasant afflictions. Some of us may only have to go through a few trials, but no one's life will be exempt from troublesome, grievous trials. II Timothy 3:12

Yes, it is a Scriptural fact that everyone will experience troubling times throughout one's life, but even so, will I still thank God for trials and tribulations? Ephesians 5:20

Ponder John 14:27, 16:33 Philippeans 4:7 Colossians 3:15 


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