I HAVE A NO GOOD, NASTY, HORRIBLE, DRIPPY, YUCKY COLD!—and I thank Jesus for it.
Sounds hypocritical, doesn’t it? Probably because it is.
“In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (I Thess. 5:18)
When I thank God for a week of sickness that I don’t enjoy a bit, I am obeying the letter of the law, but my spirit hasn’t gotten into it yet. I admit I don’t have the right attitude at this point, but at least I’m being honest.
I used to think I was supposed to thank God IN everything, but didn’t have to bother about thanking Him FOR everything. Not so.
“Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:18c-20)
That’s not always easy. I’m not talking about a transitory viral infection now. There have been things in my life that have been very difficult to thank God for, but I know that “all things work together for good to them that love God and are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
Sometimes I confess to God that I don’t feel thankful, but I love Him and want to obey His Word. One day I will understand some of the hard things that have come into my life, but if I never do, even in Heaven, that’s okay, because my life is in His hands and I trust that God’s way is always best.
There is one thing I am honestly thankful for, even between coughing spells and soiling tissue: even in the tough times, God gives us a song deep in our hearts. I am so glad for the hymns I’ve learned over the years, because even when the throat is croaky [now] or the tears are falling [then,] there are melodies that only God and I can hear inside me.
See? There’s always something to praise God for.