Dear Jesus

Thank Me when things do not go your way, because spiritual blessings come wrapped in trials.

Dear Jesus,

If I thank You every time things don’t go my way, I’ll be thanking You very frequently! Often I feel as if things are stacked against me, seemingly designed to frustrate me. I have to admit that thanking You is one of the last things I feel like doing when I’m frustrated.

Beloved, earth as I originally created it was sublimely perfect. However, the world in its fallen condition is full of frustrations. I understand your feelings, but I still maintain that thanking Me is the best response. When you do so, you acknowledge that I am greater than you and your problems. Thanking Me when you feel like complaining is a supernatural response: It requires the help of My Spirit. As you give thanks in obedience to My Word and in reliance on the Spirit, your feelings of frustration will begin to diminish. Instead of trying harder and harder to make things go your way, you can release your concerns to Me.

Consider the possibility that I may be bringing much good out of the very things that upset you. Open your eyes and your mind, to look for something new. Seek to see things from My perspective, and you will discover treasures in your trials.

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

[Genesis 1:31]

Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

[1 Thessalonians 5:18]

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”

[Isaiah 43:18–19]

~ Sarah Young ~

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