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God is also with us during the bad times. Sometimes we allow our bad circumstances to blind us of this truth. When things become difficult we sometimes question, “ Where is God? ” When the storm clouds of life darken your sky so that you can’t see the Son Light. You need to remember that He is still present, even if you see no evidence of His presence. I remember when flying to Pittsburgh when I was 17, during the trip we encountered a storm. The plane was being tossed around like a toy because of the turbulence. The Captain announced over the intercom that we would be climbing to a higher altitude to try to get above the storm. We were all waiting patiently when all at once we broke through the clouds. The whether was calm and peaceful, and guess what? The sun was shining. The storm clouds and bad whether had darkened our sky, but it had not removed the sun presence from the sky. We just had to climb above the storm clouds and bad whether to see it. Maybe that is what God is trying to get us to do; Climb a little higher, get a little closer to Him in order to get a glimpse of His wonderful Glory.
2. When we are Giving Thanks to God we are announcing to God that we are Dependent on Him.
When we are thanking God, we are acknowledging that God is the source of our blessings. When we are thanking Him, we are acknowledging our absolute dependence on Him. It is an act of submission on our part to thank Him for all things. We are saying, “ God we need you to help us to make it through this difficult time of our lives. We need you to give us the strength to make it. We can’t make it on our own; we are forever dependent on you for strength and guidance to make it through life.
3. When we are giving thanks to God for all things, we are saying God, we Trust You.
When I am thanking God I am expressing my trust in Him. “Lord, I am not sure I understand what I am going through, but I am going to trust You with the outcome of this situation.” There is much about life we do not understand. When we give thanks to God during those times of little understanding, we are placing our trust in Him.
God has never acted in any sort of way toward us but good. By nature, God is good. He has never done anything in your life or mine that was not good. We may have done many things that were not good, but God has not responded to our sin and failure in any other fashion than good. This is the only way He can respond because He is good.
4. When we are giving thanks to God, we are telling God that we understand what He is Doing in our lives.
We may not understand what we are going through, or we may not understand life’s problems. But we can understand that what ever is going on in our lives God is in control and is working in our lives to accomplish something. When we give
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