Everybody can’t give thanks…but for true believers if you can’t; you might want to pray for God to help you get rid of the blockage!
People misunderstanding God is an age old phenomenon…which can be traced back to the bible. The bible is very clear to show us where they “missed” it.
A great case of this was with Naomi. She and her husband and their two sons, moved away from there homeland because there was a famine. One day Naomi’s husband Elimelech died. Then there were only Naomi and the two sons. Well, the boys got married to women from Moab(the new country) and some time after that both of the sons died.
Naomi was sad and rightfully so…but then she became confused…in her confusion she declared:
Would ye tarry for them till they were grown? would ye stay for them from having husbands? nay, my daughters; for it grieveth me much for your sakes that the hand of the Lord is gone out against me. Ruth 1: 13
When we complain we are unable to be thankful. That’s a blockage.
Naomi clearly blames God for the changes in her family circumstances. She does this several times…but there comes a time when things change and her neighbors declare:
“And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the Lord, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsmen that his name may be famous in Israel. Ruth 4: 13
Just think…Naomi lost faith for awhile…when things didn’t go her way she jumped to the conclusion that God had abandoned her. She found out in a very profound way that it wasn’t true.
In the news yesterday…a professional football player had a THANKS BLOCKAGE…read all about it:
But, all of this boils down to our ability to focus on the positive and not the negative, how much faith we have, what we truly know about God…and our ability to give thanks in any circumstance….even when we mess up.
THERE IS MUCH TO THANK GOD FOR…I CANNOT NAME IT ALL IN ONE SITTING…TRY MAKING YOUR OWN LIST…
I give thanks for any enemy that I’ve ever had whether I knew about them or not. I ask God to Bless them and to help them to know that I never meant them any offense or harm. I give thanks for this day of walking, talking breathing and love all around me. I give God thanks for being so patient with me. I thank God for adopting me and treating me better than any father ever could. I thank God for His mercy …giving me good when I did bad; giving me a pass when I didn’t earn one. Giving me favor when I was too ashamed to ask for it because of my disobedience or missing it. I thank God for teaching me so much and strengthening me to have unwaivering faith. I am thankful for the tests and trials…the many cases that God sends my way. Thank You Father for Your mercy and Your grace!