Sunday, November 20, 2016

Thanks For Nothing, God

This months Bible study is focusing on thankfulness with Thanksgiving approaching. And, *shock horror* I am just not feelin' it today.

I feel very unwell. Hibernating in the dark room offers little contentment, indicating my mood. The incandescent sun streaming through the slight part in the curtains is not sufficient at transcending the opaque disposition caused by life's circumstances.
"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Yes, even Christians encounter moments where thankfulness is considerably lacking. Life can be a mess. What on earth is there to be thankful for? Millions of inquires occasionally prompt the statement:

"Thanks for nothing, God."

All believers have periods of feeling like our current circumstances are the mocking paybacks of God, scoffing from above while we heedlessly ignore instruction to express gratitude.

Perhaps our trials are indicative of something better. Maybe there is meaning to the days that do not proceed in the glamorous manner imagined, like when we fall ill, spill coffee on our favorite blouse, fail a test, and when stresses from work are all consuming.
"We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. All of this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God." - 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 + 4:15 
I like to trust that this is all for some greater benefit, in one way or another, despite not understanding the purpose. I also wonder if I should actually be thanking God for every reason I have to be without thanks.

And why would any of us do that?
"I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way - with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge - God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you." 1 Corinthians 1:4-6
Because our personal testimonies are comprised from the good the bad events, contents and discontents, and the in-betweens.