The Bible says “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
I’m sure I’m not the only person who has struggled with giving thanks during difficult times. The thing is when we focus on the problem and not the solution we are essentially saying that our problem is too big for our God. And that’s simply not true.I had to reprogram my brain to submit everything to God. It’s not just the big things it’s the little things too.My husband and I have been praying about a problem we both realize is very delicate. My husband’s natural response is to always protect me. So he wants to battle it out with anyone he feels isn’t treating me with love. I completely understand he’s a wonderful husband who doesn’t want to see his wife hurt.
My husband is also former marine he’s use to fighting. His natural instinct is to just fight to the end. My suggestion was to do nothing about the situation because I saw no good coming from a confrontation.So he wants to have it out and I do not. Here’s the dilemma.
So he suggested we think and pray about it a few days. I agreed to pray a few more days for some other options. Well after praying a few days about the situation he came back to me and said he agreed the only course of action was prayer. Now of course he rolled his eyes at me a few days because he knew I was right! It’s hard to go against your natural response. But it’s necessary…
We can’t change people; no matter how much we might want. The truth is you can’t change anybody. God is the only person who can change. So there’s no need to frustrate yourself into believing they are going to change simply because it’s the right thing to do. They may never change. And we have to accept that’s their choice. It’s a lesson we learned.
Our reminder text today is –
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:18