Shared June 22nd, 2014
“Pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus,” (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18).
As stories go, the following story went like this: “There was a blind girl who hated herself because of her blindness. Not only did she hate herself but she hated everyone else, except her loving boyfriend. He was always there for her. She said that if she could only see the world, she would marry her boyfriend.
“One day someone donated a pair of eyes to her and then she could see everything—including her boyfriend. Her boyfriend asked her, ‘Now that you can see the world, will you marry me?’ The girl was shocked when she saw that her boyfriend was blind too, and refused to marry him. Her boyfriend walked away in tears, and later wrote a simple letter to her: ‘Just take care of my eyes dear.’”
Take a step back and review your life. If you keep a diary, try reviewing what you recorded in it. Now, listen to the news, read the papers, have a chat with your neighbour. Listen to the news again. Now, make a comparison between your situation and what you are hearing or reading in the news. I am talking about context. Do you think yours is the worst? So, why do we change when our status changes? As far as I am concerned, only a minority seem to remember what life used to be like before it all changed. And even worse, it is astounding that a far less number of people remember who to thank, whether for always having been there, being there a few times or even for being there the one time that they most needed help. In the Bible, Jesus asked the one leper who returned to thank Him after He had healed ten of them, “Where are the nine?”
“One of them came back to Jesus, shouting, “Glory to God, I’m healed!” He fell flat on the ground in front of Jesus, face downward in the dust, thanking Him for what He had done…Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the nine?” (Luke 17:15-17).
What is your state now? Instead of complaining that God has hidden Himself from you why not give Him thanks for not having revealed so much of Himself?
Instead of complaining about every struggle you face in life, why not be grateful that you are being challenged and simultaneously being taught lessons about life? 2 Corinthians 4 says we are renewed inwardly day by day (please make some time to read both the entire chapter and the context).
Proposed prayer: “Heavenly Father, whether I live in Australia or Zambia, there is so much for me to be grateful to You for but sometimes, I fail to count my many blessings. You are not even asking me to name them one-by-one, just that I be thankful. Please forgive me for nagging and complaining about what I don’t have. From now, I want to be grateful for every little thing so please teach me to say “Thank You,” even for this devotional and for hearing and answering my prayers, in Jesus’ name. Amen.”