Psalm 51:14 & 15
"Offer to God the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High, And call on Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall honor and glorify Me."
WOW! The God of the Universe is promising to deliver us in our day of trouble!!! The only thing we need to do is call upon Him. His promise soothes my heart, for I have personally experienced His deliverance in my day(s) of trouble!
Years ago, before the full weight of life's adversities assaulted my soul, I thought about the phrase, "the sacrifice of thanksgiving" and wondered how being thankful could equate to sacrifice. Then I realized that when difficult times come, man finds it far easier to see the "bad," then to be thankful for the "good."
We must discipline ourselves to search out the blessing, even in the "bad." God will never allow us to experience something that would destroy our eternal souls, BUT we have a choice in how we react to a negative experience.
We can become discouraged, develop a "woo is me" attitude by turning our eyes inward, and get angry at our One Source of help OR we can receive the courage of His Spirit, keep our eyes turned outward to minister to others, and be grateful for God's promises to intervene.
God always brings good out of even the most difficult situations.
Could it be that faith needs to be birthed in us?
Or the breaking of a self-centered heart?
Only you and the Holy Spirit can answer that question.
He is a good Father! He is raising us up to consider eternity with every earthly experience, whether we deem it "good" or "bad."
This world is not our true home! We are being trained for heaven!!!