Hardships, rough times and difficulties are not something we can avoid. But we need to give thanks in those hardships.
“Thank you Lord for the many blessings You’ve given to me. Thank you for the [insert generic term for what you’ve been blessed with].” Does this sound like a familiar prayer? Have you ever prayed and thanked God for what He’s done for you or provided to you? If your answer is yes, then you are in good company, because many of us do. I would go so far as to say, we all do. But here comes a paradox, you ever thank Him when things get rough? Probably not. But you should realize, that’s when you are the most blessed by Him.
Today’s reading took me right back to Psalms.
8 The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.
The beginning of this particular Psalm opens with praise and thankfulness to God for what He had done in David’s life. Yes, King David, adulterer, murderer, man of war, but most importantly, man of God, is the author of many of the Psalms, which is why they are so varied in their subject matter. David received a great many blessings from God and was always thankful for them, but what many people fail to remember, is how much hardship he went through as well.
Hardships and difficulties do not have to be a bad thing. It’s all in how you look at them. What do I mean? If you take a worldly perspective and look at hardship from the angle where you are crying out to God, “Why is this happening to me? Why is [insert name of an unbeliever you are acquainted with here] getting all the breaks? Why, why, why?” Waah, waah, waah.
Now I don’t conclude that last paragraph in that manner to be mean, please understand me on that. But there was a servant of God, right around the time of the middle of the book of Genesis by the name of Job. Good man, righteous man, even prayed for his children, just in case they screwed up and sinned against God. And you know what, the enemy, with God’s permission, tested that resolve. The enemy tested in every way possible, brought every hardship you can think of and even tried to use his own wife and friends against Job to get him to curse God’s name. And you know what, Job stood his ground, kept his faith and remained true.
So what’s my point? Let’s bring this altogether shall we. Hardships, rough times and difficulties are not something we can avoid. But we need to give thanks in those hardships. Those hardships are bringing you closer to Him. Through prayer and study, especially in hard times, your relationship with God is deepening in a way that wasn’t there before. So you see, while being thankful during times of being blessed is good. It shows appreciation and recognition of where God is in your life, thanking Him during the hardships should be just as good. It shows a recognition of how much deeper your relationship with Him is getting.