As we approach the Thanksgiving Season, we are often challenged to find something to be thankful for. And, sadly, many of us during this pandemic year have felt like we belonged to the Patriarch Job Fan Club. A lot of heavy “stuff” has happened…
But as a member of the Patriarch Job Fan Club, we’d do well to remember one thing that Job discovered: It is out of the deepest pain comes the greatest Praise!
For Job himself said, “The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD,” and “Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?” (Job 1:21, 2:10 respectively NASB95)
He also learned that thanksgiving includes the difficult, the hard, the challenging, and the “bad,” as well as all the “good”. And we are not crazy in thanking the LORD for the “bad,” because “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28 NIV).
Join me this Thanksgiving season on learning this lesson: Out of the deepest pain comes the greatest praise, as we thank the Lord for all the hard times we have experienced as well as all the good.
An episode in our Lord’s life:
11 On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. 12 And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance 13 and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” 14 When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. 15 Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; 16 and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. 17 Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? 18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.” (Luke 17:11–19 ESV)
I’m not sure if they were too busy, per se, but they were clearly too something to not return and thank the Lord. I don’t mind being a foreigner, especially to this planet, if I were one of those who “returned and give praise to God!” How about you?
Join me in pausing and thanking our Heavenly Father for all the wonderful healings/gifts/blessings He has so graciously showered on us.