“in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” 1 Thess. 5:18
I know it’s easier to give thanks when everything is going well not when life throws us an ugly curve ball that many times we don’t see a way out. But thankfully, Our El Elyon, the Most High God is sovereign. The Bible contains different names of God and to know His name is to know Him. The Most High God continues to rule today and over the affairs of men because ‘His dominion is an everlasting dominion…’ (Dan 4:34).
Early this year, I gave ‘thanks’ He caused all things work together for my good but after the facts – really understood a year later in retrospect. I lost my job last January and was out of work for 6 months and but He had me prepared because I had ust completed a study of Daniel and was amazed at the sovereignty of God in the affairs of men. I studied how He faithfully revealed so much about what was to take place, what has taken place, and what is yet to take place. So I rested in the fact He knew I was going to loose my job and being the sole provider was a bit scary but He was and still is in control. Out of it all, I came to know God in a new way and this month I was able to look back and concluded that ‘It was for my good that I lost my job’ and said to Him ‘You knew what you were doing’ Duh – of course He does. That’s the path He chose to teach me lessons that are life-changing and I tried to sound the clarion at every opportunity about what I learned.
I am forever grateful Father.
Is your heart troubled? Are you afraid of anything at all? We are living in tumultuous times and it is easier to give thanks when we understand that our Father, El Elyon, God Most High, is in control and that nothing takes place in His universe without His permission. When we are hurt by others, unsure about tomorrow, finances in disarray, children, the world, Satan and because all things work together for our good according to God’s purpose then we can rest in Him and give thanks because it is His will for you and me in Christ Jesus (1Thes 5:18).
And we can say as Joesph did ‘And as for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result…
Beloved of God, run into the arms of your El Elyon and put your trust in His Name and let’s give thanks.
I will cry out to God Most High, to God, who fulfills his purpose for me. Ps 57:2
I have been singing this song for the past week and if you are willing – sing along.