by Kim McDougal
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” -Philippians 4:6 (NLT)
Can we really thank God for everything? I’m not just talking here about the blessings of God upon our lives, I’m talking about the conflicts and trials we go through as well. Can we really thank God for those too? I believe so. Let me explain. In our humanness, we wouldn’t want to go through sickness, depression, anxiety, financial woes, relationship problems, fear, betrayal, job problems, etc. We would want to avoid all these things and yet we cannot. However, the trials and tribulations we go through have a purpose and sometimes God is the only one who knows and understands that purpose. We are merely asked to trust Him and thank Him anyway. In my own life, we went through a 4-year battle with our income and health. We lost 80% of our clients, hubby got injured and couldn’t work, and we got behind on every bill. We nearly lost our livelihood many times during that period. Fear, anxiety, depression, frustration, and anger were sitting and having dinner with us every night. We prayed so much and so hard. This trial affected us in many ways that I wouldn’t want anyone to go through. Yet, after coming through all that still standing, and with the victory of having a more meager lifestyle that we are able to better afford, I realized something. I’m not afraid of poverty anymore.
You see God used that experience to rid me of my fear that we would be homeless. Not having gone through the financial strains, I might still have a lot of fear in my life. God had a purpose for that. So, though I don’t like problems….I know that when they come God has a purpose and a plan. I can thank Him for being with me through my troubles. I can thank Him in advance for hearing my concerns and taking care of the situation for me. I can thank Him for the many past trials that He won on my behalf. I can thank Him for taking care of me many times when I had no idea of how much He did for me that I couldn’t see. The enemy would have loved to take me out, BUT GOD wouldn’t let me be destroyed. My troubles brought me to my knees in prayer bringing me closer to my Savior so yes I can thank God for even the trials and tribulations. You can too.