It can be hard to maintain a thankful heart in the midst of a struggle. But gratefulness can make the difference between sliding down a long hard path of bitterness – and believing in hope for things to turn.
I know. I’ve been there. I think we’ve all been tempted to give in to doubt and depression when things don’t seem to line up with God’s plan and his promises. However...
His word is true. God’s promises are “yes and amen.” He is not slow in keeping his promises as some may think...
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9 NIV
Maybe he’s waiting for other things to line up. Maybe he’s waiting for you to fight through? Perhaps there’s a spiritual battle to be waged in the heavenlies that you have not been bold enough or aware enough to pick up your sword and fight.
Gratefulness is an attitude of trust. It’s a stance of belief that even though things look bleak, God is still God and his word will prevail.
Fight for it. Believe for it. Speak to your soul as King David did in the psalms and say, “Why so downcast, oh my soul? Put your hope in God.”
“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” Psalm 42:11
I recently recorded a guided prayer for First15, a ministry that offers daily devotionals and videos that help people draw closer to God. If you’re in a tough spot, I invite you to pray with me. Here’s a link to the guided prayer.
Together, let’s cultivate a heart of gratefulness.
It was a joy to write and record this prayer for First15. I love what they've produced and hopefully you will too! Watch the video of the guided prayer here.
What’s your dream? I pray you will be inspired and encouraged to pursue all God has for you. Now, more than ever, we need people of faith to go, do and become the light for the world.