What does that mean?
Well, I’m talking about saying thanks to God when things are good and when things are raunchy, and downright awful!
Listen to this passage from the Bible:
“Though the fig tree may not blossom,
Nor fruit be on the vines;
Though the labor of the olive may fail,
And the fields yield no food;
Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,
And there be no herd in the stalls—
18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.
19 The LORD God is my strength;
He will make my feet like deer’s feet,
And He will make me walk on my high hills.”
Habakkuk 3: 17 – 19 (NKJV)
The passage talks about 5 things that were in bad shape: fig tree, olives, fields, flocks, and herds.
You and I have a hard time ‘getting’ this as we buy our food in grocery stores. We aren’t the farmers out in the fields looking at how well or how horribly our produce is growing.
The person who wrote this passage had an inner resolve. Something inside them said – ‘No Matter What!’ Whether I have any farm produce to show, or whether I have any farm animals that are healthy or not, I will thank God!
How can someone thank God no matter what? It involves an inner decision about my circumstances. It also involves a decision about who God is.
The decision about God goes something like this: You are always good, and You are in charge, and I can trust You. Thank You that You are God!
The decision about my circumstances goes like this: What is going on around me is not going to get me down! I’m going to have a positive attitude. Just because things may not be going so well – it does not mean that God is against me or that He does not love me. He is for me – ALL THE TIME!
I have no guarantees of a ‘hassle free’ life. I do however have the guarantee that God will always be with me – no matter what! And for that I say, “Thanks!”