2 Corinthians 1:8-11 (New Living Translation)
We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure… we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead.
And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us. And you are helping us by praying for us. Then many people will give thanks because God has graciously answered so many prayers for our safety.
Jesus referred to James and John as sons of thunder; in Acts, Chapter 4, Joseph the Levite was nicknamed Barnabas the ‘son of encouragement’; going through the letters of Apostle Paul, we easily see that he was a ‘son of thankfulness’.
Paul passed through many life threatening challenges in his missionary travels like the experience he shared in 2 Corinthians, yet he was always giving thanks and praising God in all his letters. How was Paul able to maintain a thankful spirit?
In 1 Timothy 1:15-16 Paul writes: ‘“Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”–and I am the worst of them all. But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners.
Paul was eternally grateful for God’s mercy and this led to a life of thanksgiving no matter his circumstances. Are we allowing our daily troubles, to blind us to the mercies of God, which empowers us afresh when we wake up every morning?
Are we grateful and thankful? Please make time every day in this coming week to pray – ‘thank you God for my Christian faith, which has come to me through the sacrifice of many, I am grateful and thankful, in Jesus name, Amen!’
Image: Rest and be thankful (Wikimedia)