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Friday, November 26, 2021

Think About It

What Are You Thankful For?
By 
Pastor B.J. Knefley

We have just finished celebrating Thanksgiving. For many it is a time for gathering with family and friends. For some, it is another holiday that is spent alone. For others, tragedy and heartache have entered their lives and thankfulness is not something that they are experiencing. Tragedy and heartache are not things that we want in our lives. Yet reality is they come anyway. Be it the death of a loved one, and accident, loss of a job, or loss of a relationship, life sometimes deals us heartache. They are called life’s trials.

I have been asked, “Why is this happening to me” or “Why now”? These questions and others are certainly understandable but realistically the answers are not that easily stated. Why things happen and their timing is not always clearly understood, nor can it be. The Scriptures state that God is not a “respecter of persons” (Acts 10:34). Simply stated, God doesn’t show partiality towards one person over the other. Each of us, no matter what our relationship with Him, experiences the same thing. We all have experienced birth, and we all will experience death. We have, like the writer of Ecclesiastes, seen all the injustice in the world. We have seen good people suffered wrongly and we have seen the wicked people prosper. So, what is the solution to the heartaches and pain that we suffer?

Our perspective towards life and the events of our life determines our responses. When we view events as happening to us we will often respond as a victim and victims are always looking for someone to blame. But if you see your life as having a purpose within the plans of God, your understanding of these events will be viewed through this larger picture. This will not remove the pain and the reality of your situation, but you will start to see that your responses are important to the whole plan of God. Life then isn’t about you; it is about Him. Your perspective will keep you stuck in your circumstances, or it will guide you towards the light at the end. For those that have the light, there will be hope in the mist of the trial. Which describes you?  Think about it.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yesterday is over tomorrow sometime will not be look hard for what you have the best you may not see.

Anonymous said...

i like Pastor Knefley's writings, and I look forward to them each week.

Anonymous said...

When all of Job's trials came to him, it is recorded that "in all this Job did not sin with his lips or charge God foolishly." He lost everything, including his 10 children all at once. He came through that trial, God blessed him in the end.