Maybe you have a day, a week or a month with nothing happening, no trials, no tribulations or stresses. When those times come along, we need to thank Him then, not for getting us through the trouble, but for this time of peace and rest.
If you have been following this blog for any length of time, you will have read where I write to not only give God thanks for blessings, but also during trials. One of the reasons I say to give thanks during trials is because those trials are being used to build us and draw us closer to Him. And one of the things we shouldn’t forget is to thank God in the aftermath of trials for getting us through them.
1 Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy.
I will be the first one to says it, trials, tribulations, normal life stuff that stresses us out, stink. They are not fun, take us out of our comfort zone and generally make us have a bad time period. It doesn’t help any that during those trials we sometimes end up feeling like God isn’t listening or hearing our prayers, so we don’t feel close to Him. Note the word I used there…we don’t feel close to Him.
Keep in mind, trials are just difficulties thrown at us by the enemy to get us off our game. He wants us to start to despair, to stop relying on and praying to God. And inevitably, God gets us through it. But the focus today is the aftermath. That period of peace that follows after a trial is amazing. Maybe you have a day, a week or a month with nothing happening, no trials, no tribulations or stresses. When those times come along, we need to thank Him then, not for getting us through the trouble, but for this time of peace and rest.
Alright readers, I’ve got a secret…you ready? I don’t like trials. Sometimes there are times where so many stressful things occur in such a short time period, I wonder if they will ever stop coming. But God promises He will get us through them. He’s gotten me through them. He’ll get you through them and we all need to trust in Him. But now I challenge you, since He didn’t forget you, don’t forget Him during the aftermath. Don’t forget to thank Him and praise Him for sticking with you during that rough patch.