Daily Delight

Monday, November 17, 2014

{"Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus." -1 Thessalonians 5:18}

Sometimes, thankfulness is hard to have. It's hard to look at certain events in our lives that have caused us so much pain & be thankful for those "shadowy" moments. It's easier to accept that we went through it, lived through it, & then throw it off to the side rather than looking at the ways in which it allowed God to further shape us into the person He has called us to be. 

We can ask "Why?" as much as we'd like, but when it comes down to it, no matter what you've had to face in life, & no matter how many answers you have or have not received, your Heavenly Father has a l w a y s been there. 

We live in a world full of one chaotic event after another. Chaos even exists in our families. It's everywhere. But so is God. 

When we surrender our chaos into the hands of our Father rather than seeking ways for the world to fix it, we acknowledge that regardless of our pain, God is in control. He is our safe haven. He loves us & offers refuge as He listens to our anguish & anger. He holds on tight.

Whatever it is you may be going through today, know that this is not the end of your story. The "shadowy" moments you have or may be facing have no say in the fact that joy comes in the morning. We are called to live by faith and not by sight, to lift our hearts to God in the darkness because we have the promise of the morning. 

We may be powerless, but God is powerful. Be steadfast & determined. Allow your past, present, & future circumstances to build your character. Trust God to use every detail for your ultimate good. Because, believe it or not, there are benefits to suffering.

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