A couple of days ago, I was feeling sorry for myself and I started complaining about how unfair my life was on social media. I got a few likes and comments because who isn’t going through something, right? Knowing that I wasn’t alone in my misery felt so good until I saw some of the people commenting. I knew that some of them were dealing with things that make my issues look like a joke. I’m talking about truly unimaginable, life altering issues, yet, they still took time to encourage me. If they knew what I was complaining about, they could have gotten offended and let me have it, especially since I knew what they had been dealing with and probably hadn’t called to check in on them.
At that moment, I had to ask God for forgiveness because at the end of the day, I’m blessed. What I should have posted was: Thank You, God that even though I’m dealing with some things that I don’t understand and I think is unfair, You’re still with me. You are still merciful and patient. You still love me. You are greater than my problems, my drama and my temper tantrums. You are not a God of chaos or confusion but a God of peace. These light and momentary troubles will last for a while but Your love and Your faithfulness will last forever. I know that the plans You have for me are to prosper me and not to harm me.
Now, this would not have been a popular post but I wish I had the boldness to have posted it anyway. In the middle of trouble we can never stop praising God. It’s not the trouble or the problem that we’re thanking Him for, it’s the help, peace and wisdom that He provides. Know that the moment we turn over our problems over to God, the battle is won. We may not see it immediately but it’s done-yes and Amen. Just give Him the praise for it.
“I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together.” Psalm 34:1-3 NIV
Lord, even though you knew I would complain, curse, have a bad attitude and be tempted to grow weary with doing good today, You still woke me up. In spite of my potential to add to the negativity of world, You saw my potential to add positivity. You still chose me to be Your hands and feet on the earth. Lord, I’m amazed at Your ability to see the good in me. Every day that You give me breath, You give me a chance to be the person that You know I can be. I can’t adequately express my gratitude. Thank you, Lord, for Your mercy and love endures forever.
“Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing” Luke 23:34 NIV
You sat in glory since the beginning of creation. You saw how we struggled. You saw us dig ourselves in a hole that was so deep that there was no way we could get out of it ourselves. We didn’t even realize that we were even in a hole. We just thought that we were evolving. We were so blinded by our mess that we couldn’t even see that the hole was leading us to eternal damnation.
You came down from heaven to live among us. We were so used to our mess that we couldn’t recognize your presence. We couldn’t believe that you would lower yourself for us, yet you still revealed yourself to us. We denied you, we allowed you to be tortured and murdered, yet you still forgave us with your last breath as you hung on a cross. You took our place in hell and conquered death because you knew that eventually we would see our mess.
You love us so completely. No one has ever done something so beautiful and amazing for us. You went back to heaven to prepare a place for us. As you prepare, you are still patiently waiting for the good news to be spread across the ends of the earth. You’re still giving us a chance to come to you before it’s too late.
Thank you, Jesus. Thank you for loving me so much. Thank you for all that you endured on my behalf. It is because of you that I am able to call the Lord Almighty my father. It’s because of you that I am able to receive healing. It’s because of you that I have an army of angels protecting me and my family. It’s because of you that I am more than a conqueror. It is because of you that I am saved. No one else has done what you have done for me. There is nothing that I can do that will ever repay you for what you’ve done for me but you love me anyway. Thank you.
“I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.” John 10:10 MSG