Thankfulness in the Midst of Suffering
Psalm 107:1,2a – “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so…”
Wow! What a week! It has been a week like no other for Kay and me as dear friends have been experiencing some heartbreaking situations. But what we have seen in the midst of these circumstances is their unfailing trust in the Lord! We hope we have been an encouragement to them, but they have been an encouragement to us as well.
I am reminded of the psalmist in Psalm 107 who details the suffering of God’s people and the sometimes deliverance from their distress. But the psalmist encourages the ‘redeemed’ to give thanks to God because He is good! Let the ‘Redeemed’ give thanks to God, for His steadfast love endures forever!
Randy Alcorn says, “Gratitude never comes from avoiding difficulty, but from finding yourself sustained through it. The degree of joy rises to the degree of gratitude, and the level of gratitude corresponds to the level of suffering. God’s sustaining providence always brings relief, even when life grows especially difficult.”
No matter what suffering God allows to bring into our lives, His grace is there to sustain us. God is there with His mighty hand providing strength when we can’t seem to find any inside ourselves. God is there to reveal Himself to us in a greater way.
C.S. Lewis said, “ God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”
As we walk through this fallen world, we will experience many joys and victories, but we will also experience pain and suffering. When we are experiencing pain and suffering, let us respond like the Psalmist encouragement: “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so…”
My friends have ‘said so’ and my prayer is that I will ‘say so’ the only question is How about you?