It is easy to give thanks and praise God in the good times, but what about is the hard times? The verse we looked at yesterday, 1 Thessalonians 5:18, calls us to “give thanks in all circumstances.” Let’s look at how some of our heroes of the faith praised and thanked God even in difficult times.
Joseph forgave his brothers and thanked God for bringing him to Egypt, despite the time Joseph spent enslaved and imprisoned (Genesis 45:1-8)
Daniel prayed and gave thanks to God 3 times a day, despite the decree against it. Daniel’s worship landed him in the lions den. (Daniel 6:10)
Paul and Silas praised God and sang hymns in prison after being stripped and beaten with rods (Act 16: 22-25)
There are so many more examples of faithful servants who chose to praise God and live in gratitude despite hardships. Reflect on these heroes next time you struggle to find blessings in difficult times.